Huge turnout for Weston’s Remembrance Sunday service at Grove Park

PUBLISHED: 11:54 11 November 2018 | UPDATED: 17:05 11 November 2018

Weston Remebrance Day parade.    Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Weston Remebrance Day parade. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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Grove Park was packed to the rafters as hundreds of people gathered to pay their respects on Remembrance Sunday.

Crowds at Grove Park this morning (Sunday). Picture: Tom WrightCrowds at Grove Park this morning (Sunday). Picture: Tom Wright

A service was held in Weston-super-Mare this morning (Sunday) at 11am to mark 100 years since the Armistice was signed, marking the end of World War One.

Scouts, brownies, cadets and other groups from around the town paraded from the High Street ahead of the service.

Four people also marched in World War One outfits.

Prayers were given, a poem read and hymns sung, as well as an immaculately-observed two minutes’ silence.

Lieutenant Colonel John Hay Maitland Hardyman, D.S.O. M.C. will be drawn in the sand on Weston's seafront on Sunday.Lieutenant Colonel John Hay Maitland Hardyman, D.S.O. M.C. will be drawn in the sand on Weston's seafront on Sunday.

MORE: Round-up of all the Remembrance Sunday events.

Wreaths from community groups were also left beside the war memorial.

Children planted poppies on crosses to mark each fallen soldier.  Picture: MARK ATHERTONChildren planted poppies on crosses to mark each fallen soldier. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

A total of 415 wooden crosses will be planted to mark every person from Weston killed in the conflict.

Remembrance events will continue throughout the day.

One of the main spectacles this afternoon will be The Pages Of The Sea commemoration.

Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle and Theatre Orchard have teamed up to create a poignant commemoration which will see a large drawing of Lieutenant Colonel John Hay Maitland Hardyman etched into the sand by the Grand Pier and then washed away by the tide.

People dressed up as World War One soldier for the remembrance event.  Picture: MARK ATHERTONPeople dressed up as World War One soldier for the remembrance event. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

It will be visible between 1-3pm.

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