Thousands gathered at the war memorial in Victoria park, Leicester today, for the Remembrance Sunday service, which honoured servicemen and women killed in conflicts throughout the world.
Around 4,000 veterans, local civic dignitaries and members of the public attended the service which started at 10.55am. At 11am maroons sounded to mark the start of the two minutes’ silence.
The commemorations involved a parade led by the Seaforth Highlanders Pipes and Drums, with the service itself led by the Bishop of Leicester, the Right Reverend Tim Stevens.
He spoke of what it means to the city, “This is the day that brings people together from all over our city and county, here to our this great memorial arch, this year of course particularly remembering the first world, in this centenary year but I think many people will also have in their minds the Normandy landings, the 70the anniversary of that, and of course the ending of the British serving personnel in Afghanistan, so there are many themes today, but all of them involve remembering”.
The City of Leicester choir, Leicester Cathedral choir, the Salvation Army Band and local faith leaders also took part, alongside the Lord Mayor of Leicester, the Lord-Lieutenant and the Brigade Commander.