CROWDS gathered at memorial services across the district as the people of Ryedale marked Remembrance Sunday.

In Malton, hundreds of people turned out in bright autumn sunshine for the annual service at the town’s war memorial to remember those who sacrificed their lives.

Following the service, a parade took place from the war memorial through the town, followed by refreshments at the Rose and Crown.

Shaun Brosnan, the Royal British Legion’s Malton, Norton and District branch secretary, said there had been a good turnout of more than 600 people. “It was a lovely day, weather-wise and the Remembrance Sunday service and wreath laying ceremony was extremely well attended,” he said. “There was a fantastic show of support and respect by the community. Very many thanks to everyone who came along and paid tribute to those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.”

On Monday, Armistice Day, the two-minute silence was followed by the Last Post and Reveille, which was held outside Malton’s former town hall.

Mr Brosnan said: “As usual there has been a lot of support for this year’s Poppy Appeal which we are extremely grateful for. Last year the total raised in the Malton and Norton area was £19,737.”

Youngsters at the Firestation Pre-School in Malton also marked Remembrance Day by making poppies.

Manager Jo Ogram said: “The children have been learning all about Remembrance Day and why we wear poppies. We have all been creative painting rocks and making poppies. We have talked about the veterans and about how many lost their lives.”