CRAVEN fell silent at 11am on Remembrance Sunday as wreaths were placed at war memorials and services held to commemorate those lost in conflict.

In Horton-in-Ribblesdale three-year-old Edith Hudspeth laid a wreath on behalf of residents in Selside with help from Margaret Barker, of the Mothers' Union. Councillor Fiona Durham presented a wreath from Horton-in-Ribblesdale Parish Council.

In Settle a service at Parish Church and the war memorial was led by Rev Julia Clarkson. Groups laying wreaths included councillors, members of the uniformed services, Scouts, Cubs, Beavers, Guides, Brownies, Rainbows and students from Settle College and Settle Primary School. Giggleswick and Settle Brass led the procession. This year, for the first time, a contingent of Gurkhas travelled from Catterick Garrison to join the ceremony, laying their own wreath in memory of all their fellow soldiers who died in conflict.

Ukrainian refugee Tanya Shelepun, a designer and seamstress who arrived in Grassington on the Homes for Ukraine scheme in May with her three children and was sponsored by Phil Fraser and his wife, created a unique poppy jacket which she was invited to wear at the parade in Skipton.

Hundreds gathered in Skipton High Street to mark the occasion at the war memorial and watch the military parade and attending town dignitaries who placed wreaths.

George Martin chairman of the Skipton Branch Royal British Legion said: "'I would like to thank those who took part in the parade especially the friends and families who lined the High Street. The marching contingents were extremely smart and a credit to their respective organisations.

"The service in Holy Trinity Church reminded us of the courage of making the decisions which life presents us with. And I would like to thank the staff of Skipton Town Council for the excellent organisation which made the day run smoothly."

For the third year, a sizeable contingent from the 5th Regiment Royal Artillery attended. The Regiment is due to receive the Freedom of the Craven District next year.

Army Foundation College in Harrogate and Skipton Royal Air Force Air Cadets also took part alongside representatives of emergency services, youth organisations and community groups.

Louise Close Skipton Town Council chief officer said: "The support for this year’s parade and remembrance service was fantastic. This is a special occasion each year for Skipton when we all gather to remember and honour the Armed forces and their families and all that have given so much in times of conflict and war."