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  1. Chris Halpin

Thousands mark Armistice day in the East Midlands

Earlier today , thousands of people across the East Midlands stopped to remember those killed in conflict around the world.

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, people paused for two minutes to pay their respects to those who gave their lives, for our freedom.

The last surviving widow of a World War one veteran laid a wreath in honour of her husband on today, her 93rd birthday, at a remembrance service at the National Memorial Arboretum near Burton-upon-Trent. Chris Halpin reports.


  1. Meridian

Poignant poppy is a reminder of Great War

What is thought to be the oldest surviving poppy from the battlefields of the First World War is being put up for auction in Dorset. The poppy was taken from the trenches of Arras in Northern France in May 1916 - by a 17-year-old British soldier called Private Cecil Roughton.

It is one of only a handful that survived the Great War. The auction will take place on December 6th. The interviewee is Amy Brennan from Duke's Auctioneers.

Even the trains wore poppies to honour war heroes

Passengers on Virgin Trains today were delighted to see the travel firm join the Armistice Day commemorations.

Trains travelling through the Midlands sported poppies on their front hoods and side doors, with the phrase: "We will remember them" emblazoned across the front.

This Virgin train has "We will remember them" printed on the front Credit: Andy Hooper

Virgin Trains worker Andy Hooper was working at Wolverhampton railway station today and took these snaps to show the company's special effort.

The sign on the side of the train Credit: Andy Hooper

Students mark Armistice Day in memorial garden

Students at a Birmingham school marked Armistice Day with a special ceremony in their dedicated Peace Garden.

The memorial garden was built by students in 2009 in honour of the Royal British Legion, and they won the best in show at the Malvern Show for their work.

Year 13 student Amber Tucker, and teacher and cadet leader Gavin Green, today told ITV News Central why the occasion is important to them.

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