PEOPLE across Huddersfield paid their respects yesterday to Britain's war heroes.

The Remembrance Sunday parades and church services were well attended by ex-Servicemen and war veterans, as well as the public.

The biggest parade marched through Huddersfield town centre to the parish church.

It was led by Hade Edge Brass Band who, along with Huddersfield Youth Brass Ensemble, played a mixture of rousing and more gentle tunes.

Capt Ian Lomas, 37, of Dalton, said he thought the parade was of huge importance, not only to pay respect but to educate youngsters about the sacrifices made for them.

Capt Lomas, of the Duke of Wellington's Regiment, said: "We must not forget what those soldiers did for us all, not just in the two world wars but in every conflict.

"It is very important that traditions continue."

At Golcar Providence Methodist Church a remembrance service was mixed with a christening.

Second World War veteran Ronald Ellis, 89, held four- month-old Rowan Haigh, to represent the bridging of the gap between young and old.

D-Day veteran Mr Ellis, who was a Royal Engineer, said it was a pleasure to be involved in the service.

Rowan's mum, Linzi, 30, was delighted that the christening and the remembrance service had been brought together.

"A few dates were offered to us for Rowan's christening, but we thought it would be lovely to do something like this."

After the service all the congregation released white balloons as a message of peace and goodwill.

The Rev Pam Ward said: "It is important to remember those who we have lost in conflicts.

"Today, we decided to take a slightly different view and not only mourn the loss of loved ones but celebrate new life.

"It was fantastic to see Ronald and little Rowan together. It was a really good day, not just for remembrance but for thanks and smiles as well."

There was a wreath-laying service in Holmfirth and a parade, led by Scissett Youth Band, through the centre of Honley.

The Secretary of Honley's Royal British Legion branch, Jock Cowie, said the parade went well and praised bugle player Len Storey.

"It was very well attended. It was nice to see people coming out and paying their respect to soldiers who gave their all," said Mr Cowie.