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Blind veteran leads Armistice parade

On Armistace Day - The young joined the old - in paying tribute and remembering those who sacrificed their lives fighting for our country. Shopping centres - factories - offices and schools fell silent. Leading the service in Brighton was 100-year-old - blind veteran - Ron Freer - once a Japanese prisoner of war. Andrew Pate reports.

Great niece's tribute to World War relative

Edwina Smart from Southampton had only just found out that her great uncle's name was on the cenotaph in Southampton.

She and her mother planned to remember Edwin Thirlwell Adamson together but sadly her mother passed away.

Edwina brought a flower from yesterday's funeral to the cenotaph in Southampton this morning and said her great uncle would be proud to think that he would be remembered.


Canterbury cathedral silence observed with Book of Remembrance

The Book of Remembrance was the focal point of today's silence at Canterbury Cathedral Credit: ITV Meridian

Canterbury Cathedral observed today's silence with a Book of Remembrance.

The service was conducted by the Dean and Chapter, the Reverend Robert Willis.

The book remembers those who fell in the line of duty with the East Kent Regiment, the Buffs.

After the two minutes silence and act of Remembrance, pages in the Books of Remembrance were turned, and poppy wreaths laid by representatives of the Buffs, The Queen's Regiment, The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment and their allied Regiment, The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, the Kent Yeomanry, and the 21st Lancers.

Canterbury Cathedral remembers Credit: ITV Meridian

How the South is marking Armistice Day

The Abbey School in Faversham fall silent at 11am and remember those who fought for this country. Credit: ITV Meridian
Peter Symonds College students played the 'Last Post' and the sounding of 'Reveille' as the rest stand in silence to observe the 11am silence Credit: PSC
Oliver Hutching (L) and George Preece read (R) poems at Peter Symonds College Credit: PSC
Students from Brunswick House Primary observe the two-minute silence Credit: Brunswick House

Brighton observe two-minute silence

Brighton station observe two-minute silence Credit: ITV Meridian

People gathered in Brighton station to remember the fallen.

100-year-old Ron Freer, who was a prisoner-of-war, will lead the Armistice Day parade and laid a wreath at the station memorial.

Ron Freer lays wreath at Brighton memorial Credit: ITV Meridian

Corbyn stands silent to remember the fallen at pre-school in Crawley

Jeremy Corbyn stands in silence with pre-school children to remember the fallen Credit: ITV Meridian

Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, stood in silence at a pre-school in Crawley this morning.

He is there to see the work of the pre-school, as well as listen and talk to parents who will be affected by the cut in tax credits.

Yet when clock struck 11, the Labour leader along with the whole room stopped to remember the fallen.


Ron, aged 100, joins veterans in Brighton

Ron Freer, a former POW, in Brighton today Credit: ITV Meridian

A blind veteran who turned 100 last month has led a delegation of blind and vision-impaired veterans to lay a wreath in Brighton.

Ron Freer, from Margate, a supporter of Blind Veterans UK, joined the Army in 1931. O n the outbreak of the Second World War, he was posted to Hong Kong to defend the then British colony.

In late 1941, the Japanese attacked Hong Kong including Fort Stanley, where Ron was based. After 18 days of fighting, his garrison surrendered against overwhelming odds.

He became a Japanese prisoner of war (POW) and remained so until the end of the Second World War. It was this four year ordeal that led to Ron losing his sight because of the malnutrition he suffered in the camp.

He can still recall his daily ration of one small bowl of rice peppered with mouse droppings and insects in this ITV interview:

Portsmouth prepares for two minute's silence

Pictures are coming in, from around the region, as the South prepares to remember the fallen and the injured today, Armistice Day.

People are gathering in Portsmouth, at Guildhall Square, for the event.

Preparing for 11am in Portsmouth Credit: ITV Meridian
Preparing for the 11am silence, in Portsmouth Credit: ITV Meridian

List of major Armistice Day events in the South

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  • Two-minute silence will be held in Canterbury Cathedral. Wreaths will be laid and a book of remembrance opened.
  • Wreath-laying at Sheerness cemetery


  • 100 year old blind veteran to lead 100 visually-impaired former servicemen at Brighton parade - starting at station
  • Littlehampton War Memorial at 10.45am
  • Serving soldiers to attend ceremony at Worthing War Memorial

Hampshire & Isle of Wight

  • Portsmouth will be marking Armistice Day with a remembrance service at the Cenotaph, next to the Guildhall. The event starts 10.50am and include a two-minute silence as well as a selection of reading, poems and prayers and a bugler playing the Last Post
  • There will be a two-minute silence at Winchester Cathedral

Thames Valley

  • Reading Mayor Sarah Hacker, will lead a two-minute silence at the Forbury War Memorial at 11am.
  • Reading Deputy Mayor Councillor Mohammed Ayub will lead a similar tribute outside the Civic Offices, Bridge Street, also at 11am
  • Lord Mayor will lead a short service from 10.45am in Oxford Town Hall
  • The Royal British Legion and up to twenty five children from the Cooper School Bicester will be attending a service in Bicester at St Laurence Church Churchyard Caversfield


  • Memorial on Minster Green in Wimborne
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Armistice Day: The South East remembers

At eleven this morning, people the length and breadth of the country fell silent, to remember the war dead.

This year, of course, represents the hundredth anniversary of World War One - the Great War, an event that inspired our nation to start what has become the tradition of remembrance.

In schools, offices, shops, and the streets of the south east, millions paused to recall those who gave their lives in battle.

And millions more paid tribute to the dead by visiting the Tower of London, where the sight of almost 900,000 poppies - one for each victim of the Great War - have formed the most remarkable tribute.

David Johns reports, speaking to Peter Bishop of the Queen's Own Buffs Regimental Association; Canon Pastor Clare Edwards from Canterbury Cathedral; Ray Metcalfe of the Royal Sussex Regimental Association; and John Costan of 3rd Battalion Queen's Regiment.

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