COMMUNITIES fell silent across Aireborough and Horsforth as tributes were paid to the fallen on Remembrance Sunday.

Services were well attended around the area on Sunday and further events took place on Monday, November 11, as old and young joined together to remember the dead.

In Guiseley, hundreds turned out at the Town Cross and there was standing room only at St Oswald’s Church.

Royal British Legion poppy organiser Elsie Turner said: “We had a great turnout on remembrance Sunday.”

Stephen Davidson from the Lieutenancy office was in attendance and laid a wreath as the Queen’s representative. The parade was led by the 2168 Air Training Corps band. The Last Post was played by Guiseley Brass Band and the service was conducted by the Rev David Pickett, Rector of St Oswald’s church.

Mrs Turner said: “Royal British Legion members, veterans, local councillors, Scouts and Guides from local groups made a very smart and proud parade.”

On Monday local schools attended Guiseley memorial garden for two minutes silence, and to read poems and lay wreaths they had made themselves.

Mrs Turner said: “These young people are the future of keeping remembrance alive.”

She thanked everyone for their loyal support in making Guiseley “a very proud place to live.”

Otley and Yeadon councillor Colin Campbell was one of those at the Yeadon event.

He said: “It was a moving service at the Methodists with all age groups represented. I particularly liked the section where we were asked to share our memories of parents or grandparents who were involved in the world wars.

“Afterwards the congregation and a number of local residents congregated at the new Yeadon memorial stone for the two minutes silence and wreath laying.”

Cllr Sandy Lay said: “I was honoured this year to lay wreaths in both Yeadon and Otley on behalf of the Lord Mayor of Leeds Cllr Eileen Taylor. This year the large attendance at both services showed just how relevant the sacrifice made was then, now and in the future.

“As we move beyond the passing of the centenary of the ending of the Great War and whilst we will never forget their sacrifice we now start to look ahead to those that gave their lives in World War Two (which started 80 years ago) and the subsequent conflicts since.”