A PARADE of flags was held to commemorate the centenary of the massive U-boat surrender in Harwich at the end of the First World War.

Music and art were brought together for the event on Sunday to mark the 100th anniversary of the event.

A parade of flags, created by residents, representing each of the 168 U-Boats that surrendered off the coast of Harwich in 1918 was walked through the town and installed on a large willow U-Boat sculpture on Harwich beach.

An evening of themed food and music from Harwich's Brass Band was then held at the Harwich Town Sailing Club alongside a series of artefacts and photographs of the surrender on display.


When the First World War ended on November 11, 1918, Harwich became a base for the surrender of German U-boats.

By January 1919, there were 183 U-boats in the harbour – and the part of the River Stour occupied by the boats became known locally as U-boat Avenue.

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Sunday was also the launch of an exhibition of art from the Imperial War Museum at the Maritime Museum in the Low Lighthouse on the seafront, which is on display in the town for the first time since it was created.