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Leicester comes to a halt for two-minute silence

Veterans have gathered in Leicester city centre for the annual Armistice Day commemorations.

Dozens of shoppers stopped what they were doing to observe the two-minute silence in honour of war heroes past and present.

Shoppers in Leicester observe the two minute silence Credit: ITV News Central

Armistice Day marks the moment - the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month - that Armistice signed between the Allies of the First World War and Germany came into effect in 1918.

Veterans raise the flag Credit: ITV News Central
Veterans line up in Leicester for the Armistice Day service Credit: ITV News Central

War widow marks birthday at Armistice Day memorial

The last surviving First World War widow is marking Armistice Day with a birthday meal as she turns 93.

Dorothy Ellis attended the service at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire today.

Dorothy Ellis is the last surviving First World War widow Credit: ITV News Central

Her husband, Wilfred Ellis, was friends with author Michael Morpurgo and provided the inspiration needed for his children's novel, War Horse, with stories of life before and during the war.

He was shot, gassed and left for dead in the space of five hellish months in 1918.

Dorothy is also celebrating her birthday today Credit: ITV News Central
Dorothy marked Armistice Day with a birthday meal with servicemen Credit: ITV News Central

Thousands of poppies to fall during Coventry silence

Around 4,000 poppy petals will drop over shoppers at the West Orchards Shopping Centre in Coventry as the centre marks the two-minute silence.

At 11am a bugler will sound the Last Post, and the red petals will be released to fall from the domed roof of the shopping centre.

Members of local churches, community groups, councillors and the Royal British Legion will also be in attendance.


War hero in Remembrance return after violent attack

An Army veteran who was forced to miss last year's Remembrance Sunday events after being viciously attacked and mugged on his own front doorstep made his return to the occasion yesterday.

William Hopkins, aged 79, was left with a broken jaw and was devastated to miss the annual commemoration event - but made a full recovery and managed to rejoin his comrades in Birmingham's Centenary Square yesterday.

War veteran missed last year's ceremony after being viciously attacked and mugged - but made his return yesterday Credit: West Midlands Police

And Mr Hopkins, from Highgate, spared a salute for West Midlands Police detective Lee Dawson, who led the investigation which saw mugger Richard Christie put behind bars for nine years.

Christie, of Sugden Grove, Highgate, followed Mr Hopkins home from a city centre shopping trip and attacked him.

While the pensioner lay injured on the floor, he then emptied his pockets before running off with his wallet, which contained bank cards and £40 cash as well as his late wife's memorial card.

William Hopkins thanks DC Lee Dawson, whose investigation helped catch his mugger Credit: West Midlands Police

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.

Armistice Day: National Memorial Arboretum hosts service

The National Memorial Arboretum will be holding a ceremony as part of Armistice Day Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire, will today host an outdoor service to remember those who fought in the First World War as part of Armistice Day.

The last surviving widow of what is known as the Great War, Dorothy Ellis, will be among the guests.

The event will take place within the walls of the Armed Forces Memorial which is designed to allow a shaft of sunlight to dissect its walls hitting the bronze wreath sculpture when the two minutes silence takes place.

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First World War widow to attend Armistice ceremony

Senior representatives of the Government and the armed forces will attend an memorial service to mark Armistice at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, near Burton-on-Trent.

The new Never Forget memorial unveiled by the British Legion at the National Memorial Aboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire, in September. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The last surviving First World War widow, Dorothy Ellis, is expected to attend the outdoor event at the Staffordshire memorial, which bears the names of more than 16,000 fallen service personnel.

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