Slideshow: Remembrance Sunday across Harrogate

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Thousands gathered across the district to mark Remembrance Sunday.

A parade organised by the Harrogate Victory branch of the Royal British Legion marched to Harrogate War Memorial, where families joined veterans to pay their respects in silence at 11am.

Rev Brian Hunt lays a wreath at the Service of Remembrance at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery.  (131110M2j)

Rev Brian Hunt lays a wreath at the Service of Remembrance at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery. (131110M2j)

The Rotary Club of Harrogate Brigantes’ Service of Remembrance took place at Stonefall Commonwealth war graves cemetery in the afternoon.

Wreaths were later laid at Starbeck War Memorial, and a parade preceded a Service of Remembrance at St John’s Parish Church in Knaresborough.

Wreaths were laid in Harrogate by school children, MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough Andrew Jones and the Mayor of Harrogate Coun Mike Newby.

Wreaths were also laid by representatives of the Navy, Army and RAF, as well as the area’s sea, air and army cadets and police and fire services.

Charities Harrogate and District Round Table, the Rotary Club of Harrogate and Harrogate Lions Club joined the Red Cross and representatives of Harrogate’s Army Foundation College at the service.

MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough Andrew Jones said: “A huge amount of people turned out to pay their respects.

“Remembrance Sunday is one of the most important events in our community year and the goodwill towards those currently serving was evident.

“It is not just the opportunity to remember those who have fallen but all those who have served and all those who are serving.

“All these thoughts are in our minds on Remembrance Day.”

Mayor of Harrogate Coun Mike Newby told the Harrogate Advertiser: “There seem to be more people at the services every year.

“At the Stonefall service, school pupils lay single roses on the graves.

“Remembrance is upheld across the generations. It is great to see the young people involved.

“They will make sure we keep on remembering, and make sure it is not just those who had a direct involvement.”

The district observed a two minute silence at 11am on Armistice Day.

Next year marks 100 years since the outbreak of World War One, and a number of events are being planned across Harrogate, Knaresborough, Nidderdale, Ripon and Wetherby to mark the centenery.


Video: Harrogate marks Remembrance Sunday

Video:Knaresborough marks Remembrance Sunday

Video: Remembrance Sunday at Starbeck