THE centre of Yeovil was packed with hundreds of people as they gathered around the war memorial for the annual Remembrance Sunday service.

Yeovil Town Band led a parade of Armed Forces personnel, war veterans and youth organisations for the 11am service and were greeted by a sea of people wanting to show their respects to those who had lost their lives while serving their nation.

Rev James Dudley-Smith, of St John’s Church, led the poignant service at the war memorial which was signified by a traditional two-minute silence.

The wreath-laying service was led by the Mayor of Yeovil, Cllr Phil Chandler, while other wreaths were placed around the memorial by a number of people and organisations including South Somerset District Council chairman, Cllr Mike Best, and Yeovil MP David Laws, as well as Armed Forces personnel, past and present, and children representing local schools and youth groups.

Chairman of the Yeovil branch of the Royal British Legion, Peter Brock, who also laid a wreath during the ceremony, said he would like to thank everyone who attended the service at the war memorial and then at St John’s Church.

Mr Brock also thanked everyone who had contributed to this year’s Poppy Appeal.