Hundreds packed the streets around Barkers Pool as Sheffield paids its respects to whose who lost their lives in the forces.
The Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Talib Hussain, led a procession from the City Hall at 10.50 am, before the ceremony began, the those who had gathered observing the traditional two minute silence.
All generations were present at yesterday’s service, from in prams and toddlers in pushchairs, through to pensioners, many with medals on their chests.
On parade were ex-service personnel together with representatives of uniformed organisations in the city. All were applauded by the crowd after they marched away after the service.
The Lord Lieutenant, the Lord Mayor, the Master Cutler and representatives of the services and ex-services, as well as other organisations on parade,lay wreaths on the war memorial.
Afghanistan veteran Pete Hibberd was among those attending. The 35-year old former Royal Artillery man from Rotherham said: “I think it’s important that it is a big event, but it is important that people come for the right reasons.”
Ex Royal Engineer Dan Johnson, aged 39, of Ecclesall Road, said: “It’s important that we keep doing this.”
Fellow former Royal Engineer Simon Littlewood, of Waterthorpe, added: “It is nice that the tradition of remembrance is passed on. It is important to remember friends we lost.”