THOUSANDS of people from across Chorley and South Ribble took part in tributes and commemorations to remember those who lost their lives serving their country.

The mayor of Chorley, Cllr Marion Lowe, joined serving and ex-servicemen and women, representatives from the Royal British Legion and other uniformed organisations for a Remembrance Sunday service, procession and wreath-laying ceremony.

Before going to Astley Park, there was a service at St Laurence’s Church.

Chorley Silver Band played at the war memorial and there was a short service at the cenotaph, starting at 10.50am, before a two-minute silence at 11am, followed by the laying of wreaths.

The war memorial at Euxton was used for the first remembrance service since it was unveiled earlier this year.

Volunteers spent five years of fundraising before the memorial was dedicated earlier this year.

The impetus to create the memorial came after the death of Euxton resident David Markland, who died in Afghanistan in 2010.

The mayor of South Ribble, Cllr Mary Green, led a parade from the civic centre, in Leyland, to the cenotaph to lay a wreath and observe a minute’s silence at 11am.

A short service was held at the Cenotaph before those attending went to St Andrew’s Parish Church for a special service of remembrance at 11.25am.

Cllr Green said: “This time of year is extremely poignant for many people in the country, and indeed the residents of South Ribble.

“It was fantastic to see residents line the parade route to pay their respects and honour the fallen, who paid the ultimate sacrifice while fighting for this country.”