SERVICES were held across Cumbria, Yorkshire and Lancashire to mark 101 years since the guns fell silent at the end of WW1.

At 11am on November 11, 1918, an armistice between Germany and the Allies came into effect, bringing to an end four years of fighting which claimed the lives of millions.

In Shap, on Sunday, people assembled at the war memorial in the churchyard of St Michael’s. Wreaths were laid, the verse from Laurence Binyon’s poem ‘For the Fallen’ was read, and a two-minute silence was observed.

The act of worship then moved into the church, where a ceremony was held. Poppy petals had been distributed in the pews, and members of the congregation were invited to write on them the name of someone they wished to remember, and lay them in front of the altar cross.

In Ambleside, Girlguiding groups decorated 99 pebbles with poppy designs, inscribing each one with the name of an Ambleside man who gave his life serving in the two world wars.

These were placed on the altar of St Mary’s Parish Church for the remembrance service, while wreaths were laid at the town’s war memorial (in the churchyard) by members of the Langdales branch of the Royal British Legion.

On Monday, the Rev Beverley Lock and members of the Legion led a two minute silence at the town’s Market Cross. Later, a short remembrance service was held at Ambleside Primary School.

In Ingleton, a service at St Mary’s Church was led by the Rev Nick Trenholme on Remembrance Day, before the congregation moved out into the sunshine to be swelled by other members of the public paying their respects. The Last Post was played and a two-minute silence observed before wreaths were laid at the war memorial.

In Kendal, a service was held at the town’s parish church on Sunday, and another short ceremony was observed on Monday, in which Kendal Town Mayor Alvin Finch laid wreaths at the cenotaph in the town centre.

Services were held at a number of other locations across the three counties, such as Kirkby Lonsdale, Cartmel and Grasmere.