SILENCE fell around Ripley and Heanor as townsfolk paid their respects on Remembrance Sunday.
In Ripley, hundreds watched as a procession made its way from Derby Road to All Saints’ Church for an emotional Sunday service.
Dignitaries including Amber Valley Mayor Cllr Ron Ashton laid wreaths at the war memorial there.
In Heanor, a large procession made its way from the Market Place to Heanor Memorial Park. Wreaths were laid at the cenotaph there before a service was held at St Lawrence’s Church.
In Kilburn, Horsley and Kilburn Scouts and Guides among those who joined in the village’s procession and service at Kilburn Baptist Church.
The ceremony also marked the 64th time Kilburn cornet player Pat Spencer was called upon to play the Last Post. Pat, 88, from Horsley Road in the village, said: “It’s an honour to do this because I lost a lot of friends during the war.”
In Horsley Woodhouse, Sunday saw one of the best attended Remembrance services at St Susanna’s Church. More than 60 villagers then attended a dedication of a new memorial plaque in Sitwell Memorial Recreation Ground to service personnel who have lost lives since 1945.