Remembrance Day in Hull: thousands pay tribute at war memorial
Thousands of people turned out to pay their respects on Remembrance Day in Hull city centre.
Crowds gathered at the war memorial at Paragon Square to hear the 11am service, conducted by Rev Dr Neal Barnes, vicar of Holy Trinity Church, and pay tribute to the fallen with two minute's silence.
During the address, Canon Michael Loughlin, the Lord Mayor's Chaplain, said: "It seems to me that as each year goes by this Remembrance Sunday is more important for us. The main reason why I think this, and the numbers here testify today, is that we all know the sacrifices the men and women of our armed services are paying today."
After the laying of wreaths, the crowds clapped as a parade including veterans, cadets and standard bearers, marched through the city streets.
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Dozens of wreaths and hundreds of crosses were places at the memorial in remembrance.
Mark Bottomley, 47, of west Hull, served with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and was on active duty in the Gulf.
He placed 11 crosses in memory of fusiliers who had died in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Mark, who attended with his family, said: "It takes you back to the loss of the time. As much as I don't like to think about it day to day, it is the one time you can't not think about it and it is an emotional day."
Anne Blakey, 60, of east Hull, laid a single cross in honour of all those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
Anne, who attended with her daughter Jayne, said: "My dad was in the Second World War but we are laying a cross for everybody who lost their lives. It is so important we think of everybody who has gone and also the lads who are in Afghanistan at the moment.
"It is lovely to be able to come and pay your respects and it is a nice service. It is very touching and emotional."