Ledbury fell silent as the town paid respects to its war heroes.

The High Street closed on Sunday as residents gathered to remember those lost in the World Wars, the Falklands War, and other conflicts.

A parade made up of veterans, schoolchildren, and local community groups made its way through the town ahead of the service at St Michael and All Angels Church.

Mayor of Ledbury, councillor Phillip Howells, said: "The annual Remembrance day service and parade on the High Street around our historic War Memorial is one of the most, if not the most, significant Ledbury community gathering each year.

"Following the restrictions of the Covid pandemic in the last couple of years which meant we could not hold the service and people were still being nervous about crowd gatherings, this year demonstrated just how much this coming together in memory of loved ones lost in their country’s service from both long-established and newer town families torn apart as a result of two world wars and other more recent conflicts, matters to so many Ledbury residents.

"The size of the crowd coming to join in the commemoration and the numbers taking part in the parade – notably including so many of our young people from young children to teenagers - saw a return at last to the fully shared moving and memorable occasion we were so used to before covid hit us."

The mayor added: "With kind weather on the day, the town centre and church afterwards were full of people remembering our fallen heroes and heroines, making the occasion the fitting one we have missed in recent years.

"I’d like to thank the organising team for putting on a successful morning which requires meticulous timing, all those who turned up to share in the commemoration and the hosting British Legion for their hospitality at their club afterwards."

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Ledbury Reporter: Remembrance Sunday parade in Ledbury. Credit: Harold SparreyRemembrance Sunday parade in Ledbury. Credit: Harold Sparrey (Image: Harold Sparrey)

Meanwhile in the village of Putley, 30 members of the community gathered in the churchyard in front of the unique 1920 War Memorial.

Eric Porter led the service, which opened with the hymn ‘O God our help in ages past’ before prayers and a reading, John 15:9-13.

The names commemorated on the memorial were read aloud by George Griffin.

Norman Stanier, whose great uncle Joseph Taylor is remembered, declaimed “they shall not grow old”.

Following The Last Post, the two minutes silence and Reveille, Mr Stanier read the Kohima Epitaph.

This was followed by veteran Gerald Maddox laying the wreath on behalf of the PCC and Putley community.

Joshua Dyer’s moving poem ‘One Thousand Men Are Walking’ was read by Phil Anderson-Hanney

The service ended with the National Anthem, when those congregated spent much time reminiscing and making new acquaintances.

Ledbury Reporter: War Memorial in PutleyWar Memorial in Putley (Image: Putley)