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BRIGHT sunshine fell over the Guildhall Square as thousands of people honoured the fallen in Portsmouth’s Remembrance service.

Veterans stood side by side with serving members of the armed forces at the ceremony watched by thousands of supporters.

SERVICE Memebers of the armed services, past and present, at the service in Portsmouth's Guildhall Square. Picture: Malcolm Wells (133085-8535)

SERVICE Memebers of the armed services, past and present, at the service in Portsmouth's Guildhall Square. Picture: Malcolm Wells (133085-8535)

Serving military personnel and members of ex-service groups paraded on to the square.

And at 11am, the two minute silence was heralded by a gun salute.

One of those attending was Gulf war veteran Allen Parton with his faithful assistance dog Endal junior.

He said: ‘It’s a celebration of life as well as a commemoration of loss.

SILENT Royal Marine Cadets, stand in Portsmouth's Guildhall Square, during the Remembrance Sunday service

SILENT Royal Marine Cadets, stand in Portsmouth's Guildhall Square, during the Remembrance Sunday service

‘Portsmouth always wears its poppy on its sleeve.’

An annual service of remembrance was also held at the Royal Marines Museum, Eastney with music from the Royal Marines School Of Music. Entry to the museum is free for the rest of the day.

A service was also held at the Gosport War Memorial Hospital to remember service personnel lost in conflicts from the First World War. A guard, provided by HMS Sultan, formed up opposite the hospital and they were joined by members of the Royal British Legion, veterans and representatives from Scouts, Guides, Sea Cadets, Air Cadets and other local organisations.