The West Country remembers: Services take place across the region

  • Emotional moment John, 95, lays wreath in memory of his comrades. He has never missed a Remembrance Sunday service


Services and parades have been taking place across the West Country as the region marked Remembrance Sunday.

In Cheltenham, 95 year John Cutler joined hundreds of others who gathered to pay tribute all those who gave service to the country.

These days the Royal Navy veteran needs help laying a wreath but he has never missed a remembrance day service in his life.

The occasion moved Mr Cutler to tears. His family said he often talks about his service and he remembers all those he served with by name.

Hundreds turned out for the service on Plymouth Hoe

Meanwhile, this year's service of remembrance on Plymouth Hoe was particularly poignant for the city.

It marked the 80th anniversary of the Plymouth Blitz in which more than 1700 civilians were killed and many more injured.

But the occasion was also a chance to remember those lost in other conflicts.

Mark Eve served 18 years with the Royal Navy and fought in the Falklands.

He said "I lost a lot of friends, close friends, that I'd known for four or five years, so when I come up here I remember them of course.

"But I am a historian as well and so the history of all the conflicts - it resonates with me because I feel like I have a better understanding"

The parade marched through Taunton before a wreath laying at Vivary Park

In Taunton, hundreds of people turned out to line the streets as a Remembrance parade made its way through the town.

The event was followed by a silence and a wreath laying at Vivary Park.

Peter Widdicombe created this poppy display Credit: Peter Widdicombe

Others have been showing their respects in their own way.

Peter Widdecombe made a large poppy display at his home near Callington in Cornwall as a way of "remembering the fallen in our remote part of the Cornish countryside."