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PICTURES: Remembrance events held in Clevedon and Portishead

PUBLISHED: 15:04 13 November 2017 | UPDATED: 18:17 13 November 2017

Wreath bearers from 1st Clevedon Scouts.

Wreath bearers from 1st Clevedon Scouts.

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Thousands of people stopped at the weekend to pay their respects to men and women who have given their lives for their country.

A horse awaiting the start of the parade in Portishead on Sunday. Picture: RNLI Portishead. A horse awaiting the start of the parade in Portishead on Sunday. Picture: RNLI Portishead.

Church services were held across North Somerset on Sunday, while two of the largest public events took place in Portishead and Clevedon.

The annual Remembrance Sunday march through Portishead town centre saw hundreds parade along the High Street, with organisations involved including the local cadets and police.

RNLI Portishead was also heavily involved and its spokesman said: “There was a wonderful turnout for the Remembrance Parade in Portishead.

“Our local community came together again for this special occasion.”

The parade through Portishead town centre. Picture: RNLI Portishead The parade through Portishead town centre. Picture: RNLI Portishead

The Salthouse Fields and St Andrew’s Church in Clevedon played host to Remembrance Sunday events as well.

Army cadets were on parade on Sunday afternoon, along with guides, brownies, cubs and scouts.

Armed forces veterans also marched side by side as 99 years since the end of World War One was marked.

With Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday falling on consecutive days, it meant there was a large number of events planned for the weekend.

The march through Portishead. Picture: RNLI Portishead The march through Portishead. Picture: RNLI Portishead

Two-minute silences were observed at Backwell War Memorial and in Clevedon’s Queens Square on Saturday, while a parade through Wrington was also held on Sunday.

However, it was not just big public events taking place this weekend.

A large number of volunteers have braced the cold weather to sell poppies over the past fortnight to raise vital funds for the Royal British Legion.

And among those doing their bit to help were the residents of Elm View Care Home in Clevedon.

Pictured are (LtoR) Betty Smith (94) who has a 50 year long service award as a poppy seller, Elaine Dillion activities coordinator for the home, John McCarthy (98) who served with the Royal Engineers, Gladys Warbourton (101) and Jean Barratt (83) who served in the Royal Navy as a Wren. Pictured are (LtoR) Betty Smith (94) who has a 50 year long service award as a poppy seller, Elaine Dillion activities coordinator for the home, John McCarthy (98) who served with the Royal Engineers, Gladys Warbourton (101) and Jean Barratt (83) who served in the Royal Navy as a Wren.

A number of men and women at the home helped the World War Two effort and activities to mark the remembrance weekend were held, including creating symbolic poppies.

Wreath bearers from Clevedon Guides. Wreath bearers from Clevedon Guides.

Clevedon Royal British Legion remembrance day parade. Clevedon Royal British Legion remembrance day parade.

Air Training Cadets on parade. Air Training Cadets on parade.

Army Cadets on parade. Army Cadets on parade.

The parade arrives at the church. The parade arrives at the church.

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