OPEN DAY AT THE MEMORIAL 21st JUNE 2009

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Some pictures of the parade and the service at the memorial

The Band of 901 Troop Royal Marine Cadets, prepares to march to the memorial. A Piper leads the Royal British Legion Standards and those of other organisations towards the memorial. Another view of the piper and the standards.

The Band of 901 Troop Royal Marine Cadets, prepares to march to the memorial.

A Piper leads the Royal British Legion Standards and those of other organisations towards the memorial.

Another view of the piper and the standards.

Veterans by the Memorial

The Band of 901 Troop Royal Marine Cadets form up for the service and the crowd assembles.

Mr Rod Scott, Chairman of the Memorial Association welcomes everyone to the memorial, before the march down of the veterans and the start of the service.

Veterans by the Memorial

The Band of 901 Troop Royal Marine Cadets form up for the service and the crowd assembles.

Mr Rod Scott, Chairman of the Memorial Association welcomes everyone to the memorial, before the march down of the veterans and the start of the service.

Veterans and cadets complete the march to the Memorial, to the applause of the waiting crowd.

Baroness Shephard and Lt-Gen Mullens inspect the parade before the service of remembrance starts,

Dispatch Riders of one of the displays form up for the service.

Veterans and cadets complete the march to the Memorial, to the applause of the waiting crowd.

Baroness Shephard and Lt-Gen Mullens inspect the parade before the service of remembrance starts,

Dispatch Riders of one of the displays form up for the service.

Rev David Hanwell conducting the service, which this year included the 65th Anniversary of the D-Day landings and the Battle of Normandy, during which many 'Desert Rats' were killed or wounded.

Another picture from during the service.

The Last Post is played as the Standards are lowered and the parade stands to attention.

Rev David Hanwell conducting the service, which this year included the 65th Anniversary of the D-Day landings and the Battle of Normandy, during which many 'Desert Rats' were killed or wounded.

Another picture from during the sevice.

The Last Post is played as the Standards are lowered and the parade stands to attention.

The lone piper plays a lament.

The lone pipe plays the lament "The Flowers of the Forest" as he slow marches into the woods. This is one of the most moving parts of the service for many there!.

The Band of 901 Troop Royal Marine Cadets, prepares to march of parade. They were a great hit with the crowd and brilliant musicians especially considering their age.

The lone piper plays a lament.

The lone pipe plays the lament "The Flowers of the Forest" as he slow marches into the woods. This is one of the most moving parts of the service for many there!.

The Band of 901 Troop Royal Marine Cadets, prepares to march of parade. They were a great hit with the crowd and brilliant musicians especially considering their age.

Some of the displays and stalls

Entrance to the static display area

Memorial Association Tent with refreshments and a barbeque available.

Entrance to the static display area

Memorial Association Tent with refreshments and a barbeque available.

Static display of WW2 vehicles

Vehicles of the Norfolk Military Vehicle Group on display

One of the many stalls

Static display of WW2 vehicles

Vehicles of the Norfolk Military Vehicle Group on display

One of the many stalls

Post war Ferret Armoured Car and Land Rover lorry

SSAFA Tent and Band preparing for the parade and service.

Post war Ferret Armoured Car and Land Rover lorry

SSAFA Tent and Band preparing for the parade and service.

Display of vintage Jeeps and other vehicles

Display of post war Land Rovers and other vehicles.

Display of vintage Jeeps and other vehicles

Display of post war Land Rovers and other vehicles.

More of the stalls

Even Captain Mainwaring and the Home Guard of Warmington-on-Sea where there, with the Gurkha Welfare Trust tent next door.

More of the stalls

Even Captain Mainwaring and the Home Guard of Warmington-on-Sea where there, with the Gurkha Welfare Trust tent next door.

Chindits and Mules re-enactment group display

More of the Chindits display

Chindits and Mules re-enactment group display

More of the Chindits display

Abbott 105mm Self-Propelled Gun that would have served with the post war Desert Rats a few years ago.

Royal Tank Regiment Association Caravan

Abbott 105mm Self-Propelled Gun that would have served with the post war Desert Rats a few years ago.

Royal Tank Regiment Association Caravan

Time of a well earned pint!

and with a pint, what else a chat to one's friends and comrades.

Time of a well earned pint!

and with a pint, what else a chat to one's friends and comrades.

 

Article in East Anglian Daily Times 23rd July 2009

 

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