PEOPLE young and old fell silent across East Lancashire to show their respect for our fallen heroes.

Staff and students at Rawtenstall's Alder Grange School gathered on Friday for a moving Remembrance Day assembly, to mark the 100-year anniversary of the end of the Battle of Passchendaele.

Parents, teachers, veterans and local cadets also attended the service, which included live performances of ‘Abide with Me’ and ‘Let There Be Love’, plus video presentations created and edited by pupils.

World War II veteran Ted Davidson from Padiham attended the assembly for the sixth consecutive year to speak about his experiences and answer questions from the children.

Shumel Haydar, assistant curriculum leader for humanities, said: “The event is extremely moving, and we hope that we have highlighted to the pupils the importance of commemorating the sacrifice that all those young men made so we can be here today.”

Former Alder Grange Headteacher Iain Hulland also spoke to students about his grandfather Peter Hulland, who fought and died at the battle of Passchendaele on November 27, 1917.

Elsewhere, a moving Remembrance Day tribute has been paid by the children of one Clitheroe church.

As part of the act of remembrance a group of young church members made a special film in which they read out over 30 names of boys and men from St James’ who died in the two world wars.

One youngster, Lydia Blackburn, read out the name of her great, great uncle who died in World War I.

The film was the idea of Peter Williams, a Reader at St James’ Church, and was directed by former church member Jim Cooke, of Centerline Films.

On Sunday, around 800 Whitworth residents young and old gathered to remember those lost and injured during times of conflict.

The town’s Remembrance Sunday commemorations began with a procession along the main road to the Memorial Gardens in Facit, led by Whitworth’s Vale and Healey Brass Band before the Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph, led by the Mayor’s Chaplain, Rev Lyn Woodall of St Bartholomew’s and St Johns Churches.

The Mayor of Whitworth, Cllr Alan Neal, said: “Every year it never ceases to amaze me that the Whitworth community turns out in such large numbers."