Local schools gathered in Tower Gardens today (29th October) to display poppies and wreaths they have made.
Two memorial benches were also unveiled in preparation for this year’s remembrance service.
Pupils made poppies and poppy wreaths from old plastic bottles to hang on the railings at the Tower Gardens, home to the war memorial.
A one minute silence was also held to remember those that had fallen.
The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk also joined forces with the Rotary Club to purchase two, handmade, wrought iron WW1 bespoke benches.
The benches depict a poignant WW1 scene and will be located either side of the Lest We Forget plaque.
Gerry Tann told KLFM it was wonderful to see the children out this morning:
“If it happened every day I would still come every day.
“My father, my grandparents, my brother, myself we were all in the services, and I cannot remember anything like this happening at all so it’s a wonderful thin that it’s happening now.
“I still say everything was well worth it and I absolutely wanted to be here today to see all these wonderful children here, it’s vital that the children know how we’re here today because of grandparents and our parents.”
He hopes that the children will be inspired to join the legion one day:
“We’ve lost thousands of members over the years because because the WW1 people are gone, WW2 people are now in their 90s so we’ll be losing more so it’s more important that we have more people to replace them so all these young children that have come down here will go away in their minds and think maybe 15 years later perhaps I ought to join the legion.”
Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk Cabinet Member for Culture, Heritage and Health, said:
“These benches make a fitting tribute to the soldiers who lost their lives as well as bringing benefit to users of the park who wish to sit and ponder for a while in this contemplative space.
“I am grateful to the support from the Rotary Club for securing these benches.”