Following Sunday’s Remembrance Service and Parade, the Royal British Legion Lowestoft and District Branch were awarded the Freedom of the Town of Lowestoft by the Mayor of Lowestoft Councillor Alan Green. Also in attendance for the award ceremony were the Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, Clare Countess of Euston, Sgt Major Philpott, Battery Commander, F (Sphinx) Parachute Battery Royal Horse Artillery whose soldiers had lead the parade and members of the Town Council and British Legion Branch.
On making the award, the Mayor said that the Lowestoft and District Branch was formed in the same year as the Royal British Legion was formed and was one of the earliest branches in the Legion’s existence. Ever since then, Lowestoft has had a close and proud association with the Royal British Legion. The town and its people have kept the spirit of Remembrance alive throughout that time, so that the sacrifices made by servicemen and women are not forgotten.
The Mayor also stated that the Legion is not just about remembering the two World Wars where the number of survivors dwindles each year and memories are fading but the Legion also works for servicemen and women who have been involved in more recent conflicts providing financial, social, and emotional support for current and former servicemen and women and their families and how, in this centenary year, it was his absolute pleasure that the branch will be honoured for its lifetime of commitment and service.
In response, Phillip Turner, Chairman of the Royal British Legion Branch said they were overwhelmed with the honour and recognized that the work of the Lowestoft and District Branch was due to the commitment of all branch members.
The Town Council wishes to thank all those who contributed to or attending this year’s Remembrance Service and Parade. After the postponement of the 2020 event, a significant parade formed up at Claremont Pier and was greeted by large numbers in attendance at the war memorial on Royal Plain. A gun was fired by members of F (Sphinx) Para Battery of the Royal Horse Artillery and the first, of many wreaths to be laid was by the Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, Clare Countess of Euston. The Town Council is honoured to organise this service with the Royal British Legion on behalf of the Town and appreciates the efforts by so many to make the service a chance to commemorate and reflect.
Yesterday’s Armistice Day service at Royal Plain and laying of wreaths and crosses at Lowestoft Cemetery marked the start of Remembrance 2021. The Annual Remembrance Service and Parade will take place on Sunday at the war memorial at Royal Plain. All welcome. Please download the service sheet here.
Pictured: standard bearers and Frankie Ayers of East Coast Sinfonietta who sounded the Last Post to mark the start of the two minutes’ silence. Children from Roman Hill Primary School with Councillors Peter Lang, Wendy Brooks and Andy Pearce at the War Memorial in Lowestoft Cemetery (photo credit Bob Collis).
The CoP26 summit in Glasgow has brought hope that the world will unite to address climate change. The impacts of climate change are already being felt with stark warnings of what will follow if we do not act. The world no longer has a choice.
The Town Council first declared a Climate Emergency in June 2019. Making change is not easy but it is essential. We owe a duty to the existing population and the future of their children. We will continue boldly to face the challenge of rethinking open spaces in urban settings and updating old buildings and energy supplies.
Some of the actions we have already taken on our land and buildings include:
Defining our ambitious actions and appointing specialists to assist us with assessing and addressing our carbon footprint
Introducing more bulbs and plants into our open spaces and parks
Managing the new park, The Ness, as an important habitat with more coastal planting to come
Making our administration near-paperless and with reduced mileage
Committing to re-wild some areas (partnering with Wild East)
Committing to considerable tree planting (partnering with the Woodland Trust)
Supporting Friends Groups and volunteers to enhance our special open spaces and parks
Doing what we can to manage contamination and pollution on our land
Increasing litter management to help prevent pollution
This is just the beginning and a sample of our current actions.
However, it is not all about what your local council can do. Everyone needs to play their part in making a difference to protecting and enhancing our environment. We will provide more information on how to access support and develop your own ideas for actions you can take individually. As a first step, why not calculate your own climate footprint using this tool