There were clear skies and glorious sunshine as the region paused to mourn its war dead on Sunday.
As the Queen led the nation in honouring fallen soldiers in London, Remembrance Day services were held in Newmarket, Soham, Mildenhall and the surrounding villages to honour those who have died fighting in conflicts since the First World War.
In Newmarket, more than 300 people turned out to watch the town’s branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) march alongside members of the military and representatives from local councils and organisations.
They marched to the town’s war memorial where Newmarket Town Band played The Last Post and Reveille before the names of the fallen were read by students from Newmarket College.
Cllr Bill Sadler, chairman of the RBL’s Newmarket branch, said: “The names of the fallen were read very beautifully by the students. They read with a certain solemnity and did very well.”
Over in Exning, children from Exning Primary School and Stepping Stones Pre-School helped to lay wreaths at the village’s war memorial where about 80 people had gathered.
Two Royal Marine Sea Cadets from Red Lodge, Megan Simpson and Simon Fagg, joined the service after taking part in Poppy Appeal collections.
“It went exceedingly well,” said Michael Lovegrove, chairman of the Exning RBL branch. “There was a good gathering at the memorial. We made sure we included more young people this year.”
The Mildenhall branch of the RBL joined councillors, members of the military and local groups to march to the town’s war memorial to lay wreaths before attending a service at St Mary’s Church.
Colin Plowright, events organiser for the Mildenhall’s RBL branch, said: “I would like to recognise the youth of the town for making it such a good event, and to thank all the schools in the town.”
In Soham, a parade marched from Soham Village College to the town’s war memorial in Red Lion Square before heading to St Andrew’s Church for a Service of Remembrance.
Colin Elsden, treasurer and vice chairman of the RBL’s Soham branch, said: “There were representatives from all the groups, including members of the American Air Force from Mildenhall and lots of youth groups.”
lThe annual meeting of the RBL’s Newmarket branch will be held on Wednesday, November 21, at the Exning Road Club in Newmarket at 8pm.