The town of Westbury fell silent on Sunday (November 12) as hundreds gathered to pay respects to those who gave their lives for our county.

Crowds gathered in the High Street to watch the Royal British Legion lead the annual Remembrance event.

The parade was made up of the Westbury Army Cadets, 68 Squadron Air Cadets and Matravers School Cadet Force who were marching for the first time at the service.

They were joined by 1st Westbury Beavers, Cubs and Scouts and Westbury Brownies and Guides.

Wreaths were laid at the War Memorial by Westbury Mayor Cllr Gordon King, Veterans and Uniformed organisations who joined with the service of Remembrance.

Deborah Urch, Westbury Town Clerk said: “We were overwhelmed by the amount of people who attended our remembrance service in the town.

“The poppy yarn bombs were a special edition to the service this year, and they were lovely.

“We must thank all those individuals and groups who came to the service and laid wreaths.”

This is the first year that Westbury Town Council have organised the service after they were given back responsibility of the event from the Royal British Legion due to a lack of resources.

Westbury Town Council have posted this comment on thier website following the event.

“Thank you to the residents of Westbury for coming to remember those who gave their lives for their country in two World Wars, and many worldwide conflicts since.

“Thank you also to Emma Simmonds, of EJ Crafts in Maristow Street for organising the wonderful ‘yarn bomb’ of poppies.”

Schools around the area joined the tradition and stopped their lessons to hold two minute silences at 11am on Friday (November 10) morning.

THE streets of Warminster were also filled with people on Sunday who had come out to pay their respects on Remembrance Day.

The service was opened by a welcoming introduction speech from the Warminster mayor, Cllr Rob Fryer, followed by speeches from Wiltshire Council and MP Andrew Murrison.

Hymns were sung and motorbikes paraded through the town waving flags of remembrance.

Many people laid wreaths of poppies at the war memorial which is engraved with the names of men from Warminster who have died in wartime and whilst in military service.

Joining the march was one little girl who was proudly wearing the medals and beret which belonged to her great-grandfather.

Cllr Fryer said: “The remembrance service was very well attended and ran very smoothly.

“About 20-30 years ago we only saw around 20 people attend these services, so it’s great that so many more people come out to show their respects.

“It was a very popular event.”