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Norfolk nurse Cavell honoured 100 years on 

Exactly 100 years since the execution of heroic Norfolk nurse Edith Cavell by a German firing squad, commemorations are continuing in Norwich today.


Daughter of a Swardeson vicar, Edith was executed by a German firing squad on October 12, 1915 after helping Allied prisoners escape to Holland.
Yesterday, churches across Norfolk, including in Swardeston, held commemoration services and tonight at 6pm a service is to be held in Norwich Cathedral, where Edith is buried. 
A service was also held at Edith grave at Life Green beside Norwich Cathedral on Saturday, led by the Bishop of Norwich. He said: “Edith enabled many soldiers to recover not just their health, but their freedom too. Her memory is alive, her example cherished and we count her a blessing.”
The ceremony, which was attended by hundreds of people, was preceded by a procession by Royal British Legion standard bearers.
Rev Nick Miller, chairman of the group organising Edith Cavell commemorations, told the EDP:  “It was an honour to this woman who came from my village, a vicar’s daughter, and here we are remembering her sacrifice and all the soldiers who gave their lives and their futures.”
A special edition of BBC Look East tonight will be broadcast live from Brussels.
A commissioned exhibition of 14 paintings by Brian Whelan on ‘The Passion of Edith Cavell: The Way of the Cross’ will continue to be on display at the Cathedral until Thursday October 22.
Full details of centenary events are available on the Edith Cavell website.
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Pictured above is Edith Cavell.

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