They came to send off a stranger - and they came in their hundreds. Today mourners attended the burial of James MConnell who died of a chest infection. The former Royal Marine had no family and faced a lonely burial - that was until the local vicar sent out a Facebook plea.
Word spread around the armed forces community and - as Sally Simmonds reports - the 70 year old from Southsea wasn't let down.
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Friday night's forecast for the west of the region
It's a Bank Holiday weekend, with half term for many. Here's how it's looking on the roads, in the skies, and at getaway hotspots
Friday night's forecast for the east of the region