Remembrance 2018: Piper starts commemorations in Sudbury with Battle’s O’er

Remembrance events in Sudbury commenced at 6am when piper Tricia Drawbridge played Battle’s O’er outside St Peter’s against the backdrop of the striking poppy display.

This year marked the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War and the town came together to commemorate the special occasion with a parade and services.

Sudbury received national attention this year for its stunning cascade of more than 23,000 handcrafted poppies – which were hung from St Peter’s in the town.

This followed a nine-month town council campaign for people to get involved by knitting and crocheting the poppies to be attached to a cargo net at the church. Hundreds of people lined the streets of the town to watch the afternoon parade, which started from the north side of Market Hill at 2pm, and was led by Colchester Pipes and Drums.

The parade then marched to St Gregory’s Church for a service.

A marquee was positioned on The Croft to accommodate people not able to get into the church.

Following the church service, wreaths were laid at the British and American memorials before the parade marched back to Market Hill.

After the salute, refreshments were served in the town hall.

In the evening, as part of the Battle’s Over national tribute, people gathered at 7pm to hear the Last Post and see the lighting of the beacon on The Croft.#

To end the commemoration, church bells rang out following the ceremony in celebration of peace.


Published by East Anglian Daily Times.