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Armistice Day was marked outside Clacton Town Hall today by a large gathering of more than 350 people.
Tendring District Councillors, staff, schoolchildren, shoppers and residents stood side by side with members of the Royal British Legion and veterans.
Two war veterans have been reunited after 40 years not realising they were living just three miles away from one another in Cambridge.
Bob Parks and Herbie Bright fought side-by-side during the Battle for the Rhine and the push into Germany. They also served in Egypt and Palestine.
They lost touch after serving with the Suffolk Regiment - now part of the Royal Anglian Regiment - during World War Two. Bob, known as Bonny, often spoke about his old friend so his wife Patricia decided to track him down.
Liz Summers met them.
Essex Police joined with Trinity Road Primary School to mark the day when guns fell silent across the Western Front in 1918.
Firefighters from Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire observed two minutes of silence this morning, remembering those who died in The Great War,
Silence fell across the East as millions paid tribute to those who have lost their lives in war.
A two minute silence took place at 11am to mark the same time in 1918 when guns across Western Europe fell quiet.
Nearly 200 pupils at The Ferrers School in Higham Ferrers gathered for the silence in the quad.
Will Mantle, from Year 10, played the Last post on a bugle.