Silence falls for Armistice Day

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SILENCE fell over the UK today as the nation stopped to remember its war dead to mark Armistice Day.

Acts of remembrance have taken place across the country, including in Portsmouth’s Guildhall Square.

A wooden cross to remember the life of Alfred Munday. ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (133085-8660)

A wooden cross to remember the life of Alfred Munday. ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (133085-8660)

There were also services locally in Gosport, Fareham and Waterlooville.

Services held in the capital included one at the Lloyd’s of London market in the City attended by the Chelsea Pensioners, and another in Trafalgar Square, featuring musical performances and readings.

In Gosport, Armistice Day was marked with the scattering of poppies in the Alver Valley.

Members of the public were invited to attend and cast seeds across the ground.

There was also a short service beforehand at the land, near Fitzroy Drive in Lee-on-the-Solent.

Councillor Derek Kimber, Gosport Borough Council’s armed forces champion, said: ‘Today was the first phase of our Remembrance in Gosport of the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

‘We wanted to put something down so we can watch the poppies grow during 2014.

‘We’ll all meet back here in August next year for a service to remember the start of the First World War.’