The city’s plans for this year’s Remembrance Sunday commemorations marking 100 years since the end of the First World War are unveiled today.
Remembrance Sunday marks the day the First World War ended, at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918. To mark this centenary year, organisations and groups across the city have come together to hold a range of special events
The day will begin with the sound of pipers playing at the Norwich War Memorial and Norwich Cathedral, joining pipers across the country in a rendition of the traditional Scottish lament played at the end of battle – Battle’s O’er.
Norwich War Memorial and Memorial Gardens will be the centrepiece of an ‘Avenue of Remembrance’, and will be covered with 3,544 of the 15,500 poppies created as part of a community project organised by Norfolk Library Service. Each poppy will represent one of the men from Norwich who fought and died in the First World War, whose names are inscribed on the Roll of Honour, which was moved into City Hall in 2016.
These names will also be broadcast from City Hall throughout the day thanks to a special recording by the BBC, featuring local voices. City Hall will be open from 11:30am to 6pm for anyone wishing to view the Roll of Honour.
The annual Remembrance Day Service will take place from 10:30am in front of the war memorial, and members of the public will have the opportunity to lay their own wreaths and poppies when the service has completed.
A parade of veterans and members of the armed forces will then make its way to a Service of Remembrance at Norwich Cathedral, which will host a series of ‘There But Not There’ statues, a Field of Remembrance and a number of other memorial events.
For those wishing to learn more about the First World War and its legacy or find out about Norfolk’s role in the war, exhibitions will be taking place at The Forum and Norwich Castle Museum throughout the day.
From dusk, Norwich BID will be projecting a poignant image of poppies onto the front of Norwich Castle.
In the evening, members of the public are invited to join a 6pm Service of Light at Norwich Cathedral followed by a candlelit procession from Norwich Cathedral, where the City Crier will lead the city in a national “Cry for Peace.” Across the country, communities will come together for this final commemoration which, in Norwich, will include readings and poems, lighting of the beacon and peals of bells from churches across the city.
The Lord Mayor of Norwich, Councillor Martin Schmierer, said: “I am very proud that the city is coming together to create a reflective environment for us all to pay our respects in this centenary year of remembrance.
“It will be a day to remember those who fought and died in the First World War, and to pay tribute to all those affected by the impact of conflicts since.”
To find out more about the events taking place, visit www.norwich.gov.uk
Events in Norwich form part of ‘Battle’s Over – A Nation’s Tribute’ and, where applicable, are timed accordingly. More details can be found at https://www.brunopeek.co.uk/.
Please visit the website of each organisation taking parting in Remembrance Sunday to find out more about other events they are holding to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.
Remembrance Day schedule
Pipers play ‘Battle’s O’er’
(Norwich War Memorial)
Pipers play ‘Battle’s O’er’
Opportunity to light candles at the Peace Globe, with hot drinks and pastries served in Prior’s Hall.
9am to 6pm
- Norfolk in the First World War: Somme to Armistice Exhibition - brought to life thanks to members of the public who came forward to share their personal family accounts and mementoes of relatives.
- Roll of Honour film played in The Forum Gallery
10:30 to 11:05am
Remembrance Sunday Service (including two minute silence)
(Norwich War Memorial*)
*In the event of inclement weather the service outside City Hall will take place in St Peter Mancroft Church.
11:02am to 4.30pm
Armistice: Legacy of the Great War in Norfolk - displays focus on the impact of the War specifically on Norfolk, from Zeppelin air raids and coastal defence to industry, agriculture and home life.
(Norwich Castle Museum)
Remembrance Sunday Parade
(Norwich War Memorial to Norwich Cathedral)
11:30am to 6:30pm and 7:10pm to 8pm
‘Avenue of Remembrance’
- Names of all of those on the Roll of Honour audio broadcast
- 3,544 poppies displayed in Memorial Gardens
- City Hall is open until 6pm to view the Roll of Honour
(St Peters Street)
11:30am to 6pm
Members of the public are invited to lay wreaths and poppies.
(Norwich War Memorial and Memorial Gardens)
11:40am to 12:30pm
Service of Remembrance at which the Bishop of Norwich will preach
Dusk to midnight
Poppies projected onto Norwich Castle (projections by Norwich BID)
Service of Light ahead of candlelit procession leaving Norwich Cathedral at 6.10pm to Norwich War Memorial.
6:40 - 7:10pm “A Cry for Peace”
Across the country communities will come together for this final commemoration. There will be readings and poems, beacon lighting, and peals of bells from churches across the city.
(St Peters Street)
9am – 8pm
St Peters Street and Bethel Street (between St Peters Street and The Forum Car Park)
10:30am – 11:15am
11:05am and 11.30am
Rolling road closure of Gaol Hill, London Street, Opie Street, Castle Meadow, Agricultural Hall Plain, Upper King Street, Tombland