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It was a day of remembrance like no other.

Thousands packed into churches and around cenotaphs for a special Remembrance Sunday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One.

Dozens of services, from Elland to Denby Dale and Marsden to Batley, took place drawing record numbers of civilians, active and veteran service personnel, clergy, dignitaries and musicians.

Spectators lined Huddersfield town centre for the annual Remembrance Sunday parade which was led by Hade Edge Band.

The parade, which also included Army, Navy and RAF cadets, scouts, St John Ambulance and representatives from the emergency services and Huddersfield University, then filed into Huddersfield Parish Church.

The near capacity service, led by Vicar of Huddersfield Rev Simon Moore, included Kirklees Mayor Ken Smith, Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman and military officers as guests of honour.

 

Rev Moore said: “We remember these people today and on November 11 because they are part of us and we are part of them – and that is something to be proud of.”

As well as prayers, minutes of silence and a rendition of The Last Post, the service included a solo performance of ‘Stand Up, Be Proud’ by Molly Mellor.

Twelve-year-old Molly, who attends Crossley Heath School, Halifax, was one of six children chosen to write with TV choirmaster Gareth Maloney.

Molly and the other selected children performed their songs at St Symphorien War Cemetery, in Belgium, for BBC2.

Following the service Mayor Ken Smith said: “It was an amazing turnout; we filled the church to capacity.

“Molly’s performance at the end was very moving, especially considering the courage it takes to sing in front of an audience.

“100 years seems like ancient history, but in fact that war still affects our families today.”

Brian Nicholls, 65, of Crosland Moor, was among the veterans who attend the remembrance service at Huddersfield Parish Church every year.

Mr Nicholls, who served in Northern Ireland, Cyprus and Ethiopia with the Prince of Wales Own Regiment of Yorkshire, said: “It was very good.

“The Last Post was played really well and the girl at the end was good too.”

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Crowds lined Hullen Edge Road, Elland, for the town’s memorial parade which was followed by a remembrance service at the war memorial at Hullen Edge Park.

Services also took place at Batley, Birstall, Cleckheaton, Denby Dale, Dewsbury, Golcar, Heckmondwike, Holmfirth, Kirkburton, Marsden, Meltham, Mirfield and Slaithwaite.

Remembrance Day services take place on Tuesday at Greenhead Park War Memorial (10.50am), Birdsedge War Memorial (10.30am), Cleckheaton Memorial Park (11am), Mirfield Grove Park (10.45am), Longcauseway, Dewsbury (10.50am) and Kirkburton Cenotaph (10.45am).