WATCH: Rugby, Bilton and Hillmorton pay moving tribute on Remembrance Sunday

Silence fell across Rugby on Sunday as people came out in their thousands to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Rugby Mayor Ramesh Srivastava, along with dignitaries and guests, walked to the War Memorial gates in Hillmorton Road before wreaths were laid.

Remembrance Sunday, Memorial Gates, Hillmorton Road, Rugby. Picture: Mike Baker

Remembrance Sunday, Memorial Gates, Hillmorton Road, Rugby. Picture: Mike Baker

Representatives from 20 contingents, including the Royal British Legion, ex-service organisations, the Territorial Army, Girls’ Brigade and Boys’ Brigade.

At 11am a two-minute silence was observed.

The Rev Imogen Nay, the rector of Rugby, led the service.

She said: “This historic centenary year Rugby continues to ensure that the memories of those who have given their lives and experienced some of the worst horrors of the 20th century are not forgotten.

“Too many lives are still ruined by the indiscriminate nature of armed warfare and remembering the sacrifices of those gone before we are reminded of our duty to be people that work for peace. In a number of places around Rugby, including the main act of Remembrance at the memorial gates, the community gathered in record numbers to mark this significant year. Young and old laid wreaths representing a range of organisations and groups; I was honoured to preside over the service with Fr Tony Furlong in which we prayed most importantly for worldwide peace.”

Cllr Kathryn Lawrence said around 1,000 people gathered on the village green in Hillmorton to remember the fallen.

She said: “It went amazingly well and was very moving.

“We’ve got 34 names on Hillmorton’s war memorial and all their names were read out.”

A service was also well attended at St Mark’s Church in Bilton on Sunday.

On Tuesday, there was a two-minute silence at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

* Pictures: Mike Baker