East Anglia Remembers

Two minutes silence has been held across East Anglia as the public remembers our fallen soldiers.

Soldiers based at Wattisham and Woodbridge took part in parades in surrounding towns and villages

A plaque wasuneviled in Stowmarket to remember a man who was awarded the Victoria Cross 100 years ago.

Spencer Bent, who joined the army as a drummer boy at 14, was honoured by his grandchildren.

Cllr Derrick Haley, who attend the unveiling, said ''While we commemorate the centenary of this far reaching conflict, we can sometimes forget that the names were real people, from real places. The story of Private Bent should be a timely reminder to everyone in Suffolk that the war was more than just a series of battles on foreign fields, but an event that had a real impact on and tangible link to our own fields and market towns.

''I hope this stone will serve as a reminder of the bravery and sacrifice not only of Spencer Bent, but of all his fellow soldiers in the First World War, for many generations to come.''

The A140 was closed for 20 minutes at Long Stratton while their remembrance service was held.

In Norwich, there was a service outside St Peter Mancroft Church in St Peters Street followed by a parade from Gaol Hill at to the Cathedral.

Parades also took place through Ipswich town centre, before a service at the Cenotaph in Christchurch park.

3 Regiment Army Air Corps, whose 662 Squadron is currently returning from its final tour of Afghanistan, had troops on parade and an Apache attack helicopter flypast at Remembrance services in Bury St Edmunds, Stowmarket, Needham Market, Aldeburgh and Barking.

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