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Armistice day remembered across the Midlands

Poppy badges at the Armed Forces Memorial for a Service of Remembrance on Armistice Day at the National Memorial Arboretum Credit: PA

Events commemorating Armistice Day will take place across the East and West Midlands at 11 o clock to remember the fallen.

A number of services were also held across the region yesterday on Remembrance Sunday.

One of the largest services of remembrance will take place at the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas in Staffordshire, where 93-year-old Dorothy Ellis, the last surviving WWI widow, will lay a wreath with a group of cadets.

Bikers show support for Armed Forces with annual ride

Thousands of bikers have ridden through the Staffordshire countryside for the sixth annual Ride to the Wall.

The event, which ended at the National Memorial Arboretum, is designed to show support for the Armed Forces and is attended by many former servicemen.

Some of the riders told ITV News Central why they take part in the event - and what it means to them.

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Thousands of bikers head to Alrewas

On their way to the National Memorial Arboretum Credit: ITV News Central
Bikers supporting Ride to the Wall in Staffordshire Credit: ITV News Central
Bikes parked up at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire Credit: ITV News Central
Thousands of bikers to attend service at Alrewas Credit: ITV News Central
Bikers remember British troops Credit: ITV News Central

Thousands expected at Armed Forces motorcycle event

Thousands of motorcyclists from around the country are expected at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire today.

Motorcyclists on their way to last year's event Credit: ITV News Central

The event is the sixth annual Ride to the Wall motorcycle event and gives bikers the opportunity to show their support for the Armed Forces.

Thousands of bikers are expected to attend today's event Credit: ITV News Central

Family of fallen soldier welcome new memorial

The family of a soldier who died during active duty have welcomed the creation of a new tribute at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

Paula Black and her five-year-old daughter Tegan were among the first to 'plant' a poppy at the new feature.

Tegan's father LCpl Richard Gotts, who was serving in the Royal Logistic Corps, died of a heart attack while on duty in 2007.

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Everlasting poppies 'planted' at new memorial

A new war memorial has been unveiled at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, featuring dozens of poppies around a central wreath.

The new Never Forget memorial has been unveiled
The new Never Forget memorial has been unveiled Credit: ITV News Central

Each of the poppies has been inscribed with the name of a loved one who fell during the war to form a lasting tribute.

Everlasting poppies have been 'planted' around a central wreath
Everlasting poppies have been 'planted' around a central wreath Credit: ITV News Central

Memorial unveiled in memory of fallen soldiers

The memorial is being opened today Credit: ITV News Central

The Royal British Legion's 'Never Forget' Memorial is being unveiled today. It will be officially opened by Amanda Binnie whose husband Sean was killed in an ambush in Afghanistan in May 2009.

The centre point of the memorial is a poppy wreath around which 'Everlasting Poppies' will be planted, inscribed with individual names and dates to form a permanent tribute to those who have fallen in conflict.

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