Region falls silent to mark Armistice Day

Video report by Jonathan Brown.

People across the region have fallen silent to remember members of the armed forces on Armistice Day.

Hundreds turned out at services across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, observing a two minutes' silence at 11am.

It comes after commemorations were significantly scaled back last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Knitted poppies, made by schoolchildren and the community, adorn trees at Knaresborough Castle, to mark Armistice Day

Schoolchildren in Lincolnshire attended a service in the Heritage Hanger at RAF Scampton.

As well as holding a two minute silence, the children sang and presented stained glass tiles they'd created to commemorate the history of the airbase and the sacrifices made by members of the Armed Forces. They were then given a tour of the heritage centre. 

In York, the Ex Servicemen's Railway Association laid a wreath at the Railway Memorial on Station Rise to remember the railway members lost from The North Eastern Railway in the two world wars.

It was the last service for the association as it is now closing.

Chairman Sean Holdridge said: "Not only is it those service personnel who fell during those conflicts and are memorialised here, it's the railways themselves. There were many people working on the railways in both wars and afterwards.

"Everybody will still keep remembering them. Their names live forever more."

This evening a symbol of remembrance will be projected on to one of the cooling towers at the Drax Power Station near Selby.

Bruce Heppenstall, Plant Director at Drax, said: "Drax has a proud history of supporting the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal. By projecting the symbol of remembrance on to one of our cooling towers we are aiming to show armed forces personnel throughout the generations the gratitude we feel for the sacrifices they've made.

"Last year, Covid restrictions meant that it was difficult for people to come together safely at remembrance services and for charities to fundraise in the usual way. This year we're pleased to be able to gather in person to pay our respects and support the Royal British Legion, which provides lifelong support to our armed forces community."

It comes after Wentworth Woodhouse in Rotherham was lit up with poppies last night.

In Horsforth a horse sculpture was covered in purple poppies to remember all the animals lost in service over the years.

A horse sculpture in Horsforth adorned in purple poppies to remember all the service animals killed in conflict Credit: Julie McDonnell

It was part of Murphy's Army, a campaign launched in 2016 involving the creation of purple poppies to show respect for the creatures who have lost their lives alongside their human counterparts.

This year the campaign has been raising money for The Thin Blue Paw Foundation, Hillside Animal Sanctuary, and our own Murphy's Army.