VIDEO: Leeds, a city united in admiration and pride on Remembrance Sunday

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The weather may not have been kind but it did nothing to deter Leeds from saluting the country’s military heroes.

Hundreds of people gathered in the rain at the city’s war memorial in Victoria Gardens for today’s Remembrance Sunday commemorations.

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The service saw wreaths being laid by civic and military leaders as well as representatives of groups including West Yorkshire Police, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and St John Ambulance.

Click here to view a picture gallery of Leeds’ Remembrance Day commemorations.

One wreath paid tribute to the memory of Wayne Bland, a 21-year-old Leeds soldier who died in Afghanistan in 2008.

Another wreath carried the simple, touching message: “To absent friends.”

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Those in attendance included 95-year-old Agnes Howard, from Cross Gates, whose late husband, Jack, served on the Arctic convoys of the Second World War.

Mrs Howard’s daughter, Anita Smith, of Whitkirk, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “We come every year and it is an important day for us. It is something to be proud of.”

Civic dignitaries at the event included the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Coun Judith Chapman, and Leeds Central MP Hilary Benn.

Mr Benn told the YEP it was an occasion for remembering all those who had given their lives in the name of freedom.

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On a personal level, he said he would be thinking of the uncle he never met – his father’s brother Michael, who served in the RAF and died in the Second World War.

Coun Chapman described the service – one of a number of Remembrance events held across the city and county – as “incredibly moving”.

Proceedings began at 10.30am as former and current service personnel paraded from Millennium Square down Cookridge Street past Leeds Cathedral and into Victoria Gardens.

The service included a minute’s silence, the playing of the Last Post, readings from members of Leeds’s faith communities and the singing of Abide With Me.

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Remembrance Service by the Poppies at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Bretton, Wakefield...SH100142392c..8th November 2015 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

Remembrance Service by the Poppies at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Bretton, Wakefield...SH100142392c..8th November 2015 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

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