Picture slideshow: Remembrance Sunday

Thousands of people across the district paused on Sunday to pay their respects to those who gave their lives in conflict.

Crowds gathered at Harrogate’s town centre war memorial for the annual parade, falling silent in remembrance at 11am.

Paying their respects at Knaresborough Remembrance Day service.

Paying their respects at Knaresborough Remembrance Day service.

Afterwards poppy wreaths were laid in tribute by civic dignitaries, led by the Mayor of Harrogate, Coun Robert Windass, the Harrogate and Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones and members of the armed services.

Junior soldiers from the Army Foundation College were present at all the district services.

A further service was held at the Commonwealth war graves at Stonefall, organised by Harrogate Brigantes Rotary Club.

Rossett school pupils laid a rose on each of the graves, many of which are for airmen from World War 2.

Further services were held at Starbeck, which was attended by all community representatives, and at the Knaresborough War Memorial.

In Pateley Bridge, more than 300 parishioners and visitors gathered at the war memorial in the recreation ground, the largest gathering that many could remember in recent years.

Preceded by their Standard, the Nidderdale Branch of the Royal British Legion led the parade to the War Memorial followed by civic dignitaries with wreaths from North Yorkshire County Council, Harrogate Borough Council, Bewerley Parish Council, Pateley Bridge Town Council, North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

There were service representatives from RAF Menwith Hill Station and wreaths were laid by them and the Royal British Legion and old comrades and other organisations in the town including Bishopside & Bewerley Memorial Hall, the Nidderdale Agricultural Society and Nidderdale Plus.

The service was conducted by The Rev Nigel Waterfield, The Rev David Hutchinson and Reader Celia Morris from the Church in the Dale. The Last Post and Reveille was played by Claire Beer. At the end of the Service many members of the congregation ascended to the War Memorial to pay their respects and to lay their own tributes.