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Thousands of people turned out in Mirfield for what is said to be the biggest Remembrance Day parade outside Westminster.

The town centre came to a standstill on Sunday afternoon as the parade – which included wartime military vehicles and the West Yorkshire Fire Service Pipe Band – passed through.

Young and old walked shoulder to shoulder through the town centre from Station Road to Ings Grove Park where a short service was held.

Scouts, cubs, brownies and guides also turned out in force, along with serving military personnel and old soldiers.

In the park the salute was taken by Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Iqbal Bhana, and Barry Fretwell, president of the Mirfield branch of the Royal British Legion.

The service was conducted by padre to the Royal British Legion Ian Grange.

Councillors and civic leaders were also well represented and those who attended included Dewsbury and Mirfield Labour MP Paula Sherriff, Mayor of Mirfield Vivien Lees-Hamilton and Deputy Mayor of Mirfield Sean Guy.

Mirfield Tory councillor Kath Taylor, who was also there, said: “It was a really good atmosphere and at the end of the service there was a huge round of applause for all the scouts, cubs and brownies who carried the flags.”

Parade organiser Tim Wood said it was impossible to say how many attended but said the numbers were in the thousands.

“We have continued our proud tradition of being the biggest parade outside Westminster,” he added. “I would like to thank everyone who took part and made it a success.

“It was a memorable occasion once again.”

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