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Weston-super-Mare will remember them...

PUBLISHED: 17:00 13 November 2017

Remembrance ideas are being discussed.

Remembrance ideas are being discussed.

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The sun peaked out of the clouds at the beginning of the two-minute silence and a packed Grove Park remembered those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Weston-super-Mare Remembrance Service. Weston-super-Mare Remembrance Service.

Thousands of people filled the park on Sunday at Weston-super-Mare’s Remembrance Sunday service to mark the 99th year since the end of World War One.

Royal British Legion Riders who lead the Parade. Royal British Legion Riders who lead the Parade.

The event began with a parade through the town’s High Street by organisations including the armed forces, cadet groups, scouts, guides, cubs, brownies and rainbows and was led by the Royal British Legion Riders.

Families gather around the War Memorial. Families gather around the War Memorial.

A marching band greeted people to the park’s war memorial, which was lined with the flags from different organisations, as war veterans and dignitaries stood shoulder to shoulder.

Weston-super-Mare Remembrance Service. Weston-super-Mare Remembrance Service.

Town councillors made their way to the memorial from Grove House before cadets, veterans and serving officers stood to attention for the arrival of Mayor Jos Holder, Lord Lieutenant of Somerset Anne Maw and representatives from the emergency services.

Normandy veteran Reg Charles with his daughter. Normandy veteran Reg Charles with his daughter.

The bitter cold wind did not deter the turn out at this landmark event, with people standing to attention as The Last Post was played to a silent park.

Weston-super-Mare Remembrance Service. Weston-super-Mare Remembrance Service.

After the two-minute silence, the Kohima Epitaph was read followed by a wreath-laying ceremony.

Weston's Mayor Cllr. Jos Holder laying a wreath. Weston's Mayor Cllr. Jos Holder laying a wreath.

As the poppy wreaths lined the memorial, the crowd sang two hymns and listened to readings and poems before coming together for the Lord’s Prayer and the national anthem.

Weston's Mayor Cllr. Jos Holder laying a wreath. Weston's Mayor Cllr. Jos Holder laying a wreath.

Squadron Leader Garry Hawkes, who is the parade commander, said: “May I pay tribute to the thousands of members of the public, veterans and families who attended the parade and service and conducted themselves in a most dignified and respectful manner.

Deputy Lord Lieutenant laying a wreath. Deputy Lord Lieutenant laying a wreath.

“Once again the two-minute silence was preserved immaculately, which always adds to the poignancy of the moment.

Uphill Platoon, Silver Bugles Band. Uphill Platoon, Silver Bugles Band.

“During the silence after The Last Post to look across the crowds and see hundreds, if not thousands, of heads bowed, many in deep personal thoughts is both moving and humbling to say the least.”

Weston-super-Mare Remembrance Service. Weston-super-Mare Remembrance Service.

People were invited to make their own dedications after the service and to place a cross in the Field of Remembrance to remember those who fought in the two World Wars.

Wreath bearers awaiting the act of remembrance. Wreath bearers awaiting the act of remembrance.

Uphill Platoon, Silver Bugles Band. Uphill Platoon, Silver Bugles Band.

Scouts and cubs on parade. Scouts and cubs on parade.

Weston-super-Mare Remembrance Service. Weston-super-Mare Remembrance Service.

Families gather around the War Memorial. Families gather around the War Memorial.

Families gather around the War Memorial. Families gather around the War Memorial.

Weston-super-Mare Remembrance Service. Weston-super-Mare Remembrance Service.

Normandy veteran Reg Charles. Normandy veteran Reg Charles.

Weston-super-Mare Remembrance Service. Weston-super-Mare Remembrance Service.

Dignitaries taking the salute. Dignitaries taking the salute.

Weston Sea Cadet Band. Weston Sea Cadet Band.

Five-year-old Rhys James wearing his great great grandfathers medals, pictured with veterans,. Rhys' father Sgt Gareth James is currently serving in Afghanistan. Five-year-old Rhys James wearing his great great grandfathers medals, pictured with veterans,. Rhys' father Sgt Gareth James is currently serving in Afghanistan.

Parade Marshall Gary Hawkes President, 290 Weston Squadron ATC. Parade Marshall Gary Hawkes President, 290 Weston Squadron ATC.

Weston-super-Mare Remembrance Service. Weston-super-Mare Remembrance Service.

Weston-super-Mare Remembrance Service. Weston-super-Mare Remembrance Service.

Weston-super-Mare Remembrance Service. Weston-super-Mare Remembrance Service.

Weston-super-Mare Remembrance Service. Weston-super-Mare Remembrance Service.

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