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Duke honours fallen soldiers at ceremony in Belgium

The Duke of Edinburgh has attended a special ceremony in Belgium to mark Armistice Day.

He laid a poppy wreath in Ypres - the scene of deadly battles during the First World War - to commemorate fallen members of the armed forces.

Bags of soil collected by Belgian pupils from the battlefields of Flanders are being brought to London to be placed in a memorial garden next year.

ITV News' Royal correspondent Tim Ewart reports.

Nando's sorry as music disrupts Remembrance silence

Nando's has apologised after rap music was heard coming from one of its restaurants during a two minute silence at Northampton's Remembrance Sunday service.

The music was being played in the restaurant's kitchen by staff who were unaware it could be heard outside, the Northampton Chronicle reported.

Music was heard coming from a Nando's in Northampton during the city's Remembrance Sunday service. Credit: Google Street View

Nando's said it was "a very unfortunate error that the restaurant staff deeply regret", adding, "we will do everything we can to prevent this from happening again".

The restaurant chain also made a £500 donation to the Royal British Legion.


Obama lays wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns

US President Barack Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington as part of the country's Veterans Day commemorations.

US President Barack Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Credit: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Obama told those gathered: "We are hear today to pledge that we will never forget the profound sacrifices that are made in our name.

US President Barack Obama speaking at the Arlington National Cemetery in Washington. Credit: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

"Our message to all those who have ever worn the uniform of this nation is this: We will stand by your side."

Poppy from First World War battlefield to be auctioned

What is thought to be the oldest surviving poppy from the battlefields of the First World War will go up for auction next month.

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.

The pressed flower was given to 13-year-old Joan Banton in 1923 by Private Cecil Roughton. Credit: ITV News Meridian

The keepsake is expected to fetch at least £1,000 when it is sold at Duke's Auctions in Dorchester on 6 December.

It is being sold by Sue Best, whose mother received the memento from Private Roughton when she was 13 years old after asking the young soldier for his autograph.


Lytham salutes the almost-forgotten soldier

As millions marked Armistice Day across the world, members of the public, old soldiers and serving servicemen and women stood in silence for the arrival of Harold Percival's funeral cortege at the crematorium in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire.

The funeral began at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire
Roads were blocked with traffic around Lytham, such was the size of the crowd. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire
Hundreds attended the service after a public appeal for the Second World War veteran. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Nephew hails 'staggering' funeral for war veteran

The nephew of an old soldier whose funeral was attended by hundreds in response to an online appeal said the occasion was "staggering".

Andrew Colyer-Worsell, one of Harold Jellicoe Percival's few living relatives, said after attending the service: "It's just staggering. It just shows how great the British public are."

Andrew Colyer-Worsell, nephew of Harold Percival, spoke after the funeral service. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Percival died aged 99 at a nursing home, where staff worried no one would be at his funeral to mark his passing.

"We were expecting a few people, a few local veterans but suddenly it snowballed. It's the sort of send-off you would want to give any loved one. It's very emotional," said Colyer-Worsell.

"He was not a hero, he was just someone who did his duty in World War Two, just as his brother and sister did and his father before him in World War One."

Matron 'overwhelmed' by turnout for war hero's funeral

A nursing home matron who cared for war veteran Harold Jellicoe Percival said she was "overwhelmed" by the amount of well-wishers that turned up to his funeral.

Harold Jellicoe Percival's coffin is carried into Lytham crematorium. Credit: ITV News

Lorraine Holt told mourners at Lytham crematorium: "We believe that every serviceman and woman should be recognised, but we certainly didn't expect a turnout like this."

Percival died aged 99 on 25 October without close friends or relatives, but hundreds attended his send-off following an online appeal.

Lorraine Holt said she had been "proud" to look after Percival. Credit: ITV News

"We've never had this before. It's amazing and quite overwhelming," Holt said.

War hero funeral crowd 'surpasses expectations'

The vicar at Harold Jellicoe Percival's funeral told mourners they had "surpassed expectations" by attending the war veteran's send-off in huge numbers.

The Reverend Alan Clark said Percival's funeral could have been attended by no one. Credit: ITV News

"It seemed Harold Jellicoe Percival's funeral would be sparsely attended, if indeed anyone would attend," the Reverend Alan Clark told well-wishers in the packed crematorium.

Hundreds attended Percival's funeral, many of them in military uniform. Credit: ITV News

"But you have come in numbers surpassing anything that was expected. You come not because you knew him, but because each of us are part of each other. We have a common humanity."

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