Remembrance Day

People gathered across the Wetherby and Tadcaster areas to pay tribute to the fallen of World War I and II and other conflicts.

At Wetherby a new format was adopted with a two minutes silence after laying wreaths and surprise visitors joined in.

Korean Veteran Colin Lofthouse at Tadcaster's Remembrance Service - Photo by Wendy Binns

Korean Veteran Colin Lofthouse at Tadcaster's Remembrance Service - Photo by Wendy Binns

Wetherby Branch of the Royal British Legion representative Edna Hilditch said: “The weather was prefect and we had a fantastic turnout by town residents.

“Also members of Manchester City Football supporters club joined us after asking me if they could show respects as they were calling into Wetherby for breakfast before proceeding to Sunderland for their match.”

Jeremy Burton represented the Lord Lieutenants office and Susan Shelbrooke was present on behalf of Wetherby MP Alec Shelbrooke, who attended the Rothwell service in his constituency.

Mr Shelbrooke said: “Remembrance Sunday marks a day in the year when we all halt our busy lives and reflect upon the sacrifices made by so few, for so many in our country.

“As a Member of Parliament I am especially privileged to attend remembrance services right across our part of Yorkshire and pay my respects to local servicemen and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in wars past and present.

“This time of year is always a sobering time to remember that war is the result of the failures of politicians and as such we have a duty to cherish the memories of those who fell for their country.

“Wetherby always does this so elegantly and our thanks go to the Wetherby branch of the British Legion who organised yet another successful Act of Remembrance this year.”

Local groups present at the Wetherby Remembrance service included the Air Training Corps, Brownies and, for the first time, residents from Wetherby Manor home for the elderly.

The procession left Wetherby Town Hall for the service at the memorial on the bridge.

Speaking about the annual collection to aid serving and former servicemen Edna added: “Early indications show we have reached £10,000 so far for Poppy Appeal with more to follow.”

In Tadcaster MP Nigel Adams joined other dignitaries from the town in paying their tributes.

The Golden Rail Brass Band led the parade to lay wreaths at the war memorial, followed by a march past.

Other services took place in Boston Spa, Slifford, Barwick, Scholes, Colingham and Thorner.