The Town Council is honouring servicemen and women as part of the celebrations to mark 100 years since the end of World War One in a number of different ways in this special centenary year.
We have been working with Andrew Rackham of the Diss Waveney Rotary Club and Norfolk County Council on a thought-provoking commemorative display for the garden bed at the end of Mere Street. Tommy silhouettes and a World War One replica memorial will stand amongst a sea of hand painted wooden poppies, which Diss and Roydon primary schools have decorated. This partnership project, funded by South Norfolk Council, will see much needed improvements to this end of Mere Street and will be followed by the installation of the town’s main Christmas tree soon after.
It was hoped that the Tommy silhouette, purchased by the Diss Waveney Rotary Club, would stand in this prominent position in the town but delays in formalising the groundworks required in this area with a high number of underground utilities meant that it is now on tour at the Corn Hall before moving to St Mary’s Church.
In addition to this display, we are supporting Andy with his plans to install wooden silhouette Tommies and poppies near the Museum and on the Market Place. It is hoped that war poems will be inscribed on to the silhouettes or plaques that Andrew is preparing.
The Town Council is also supporting the Diss Waveney Rotary Club with its memorial concert There But Not There at St Mary’s Church on 17th November. £600 was gifted to the Club to help finance this very worthwhile and respectful commemoration for all the fallen of the Great War and particularly the fallen of Diss. Profits from the event will be shared between the Combat Stress Charity and Diss Waveney Rotary Club.
Staff and councillors look forward to the traditional Remembrance Day celebrations, organised by the Royal British Legion and supported by the Town Council. The parade starts from near the Mere’s Mouth at 2pm on Sunday 11th November.
The Town Council would like to thank its partners especially Andrew Rackham but also Norfolk County Council, South Norfolk Council, Diss Waveney Rotary Club, the local schools, the Royal British Legion and Diss Museum for making the armistice centenary celebrations in 2018 particularly special.