THOUSANDS of people gathered in Bury to remember Britain's fallen on the 100th anniversary of end of the First World War.

The events began at 10.15am on Knowsley Street, outside Bury Town Hall, with three separate parades leaving for the town's war memorial.

The first parade was for serving members of the Armed Forces and veterans of Britain's conflicts, led by the Bury Fusilier band, they were followed by army, sea and air cadets, alongside scouts and guides. Finally, a third parade consisted of representatives from other groups, including the emergency services, travelling with the Tottington Brass Band.

Col Eric Davidson, who organised the Remembrance Day event in Bury, said the turnout was the largest in recent years.

"It was absolutely stupendous," he said. "There were more people then there's ever been before, not even the rain wasn't a dampener.

"They were lining the road from the town hall all the way up to the Market Place."

The three parades gathered together alongside the public to hear a rendition of the Last Post, which ran until 11.00am when a two-minute silence was observed.

This was followed by the laying of more than 70 wreaths, brought by people from across the town and representing military and civilian organisations.

Then, the assembled groups heard a sermon at the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Bury's parish church, led by Reverend Julian Heaton.

Afterwards, the three parades came together once more and walked back along the Angouleme Way to return to the town hall.