Diss' Remembrance Parade & Service
Diss falls silent to mark Remembrance
On both Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th November, Diss fell silent to pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom. A large crowd gathered in the Market Place just before 11am on the 11th for a short ceremony led by Revd John Cruse and attended by Standard Bearer, Mike Garnham, of the Royal British Legion, Richard Green of the Diss Salvation Army band who played the Last Post and civic dignitaries including the Town Mayor, councillor Kieran Murphy, Keith Kiddie (County & District councillor) and Graham Minshull (District councillor). Together, we observed a two-minute silence with the event culminating in a rendition of God Save the King.
Hundreds lined the streets from Mere’s Mouth up to the Market Place to watch the parade pass through the town on Remembrance Sunday. With representation from over 35 organisations including new entrants, Diss High School, Diss & District Round Table and Diss Young Farmers followed by a military jeep driven by David Hines, over 150 people led by the Salvation Army band and Standard Bearers processed along Mere Street, saluting at Market Place to the civic dignitaries and up to the war memorial outside St Mary’s church.
The wreath-laying ceremony that followed included representatives from the Lieutenancy of Norfolk representing the King, local and central government including local MP Richard Bacon, the armed forces, emergency services, sports clubs, and charities. Two handmade and one bio-degradable wreaths were laid this year on behalf of Rosedale Funeral Homes, Diss Town Council and Park Radio Ltd with donations made in lieu of wreath to the Royal British Legion. Together with the new plastic free poppies introduced this year, it is hoped that more organisations will consider reducing plastic waste in future years.
St Mary’s church was full for the Remembrance service led by the Revd Cruse that concluded proceedings.
Diss Town Council would like to thank everyone involved particularly the Diss branch of the Royal British Legion, St Mary’s Church, both the Army and Air Cadets, the Salvation Army band and the Diss & District Rotary Club volunteers for making this Remembrance Sunday a special one.