Hundreds pay their respects for Armistice Day in Wakefield

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Hundreds of people turned out to pay their respects at an Armistice Day service at Wakefield Cathedral today.

The crowds fell silent for two minutes at 11am and heard from Canon Tony Macpherson, who read John McCrea’s poem In Flanders Field.

Members of the Royal British Legion, including a standard bearer, were present and the Last Post was played.

The service was attended by veterans, servicemen and children from St Michael’s Academy.

Thousands of poppies were created by local people to form the cathedral’s own Wave, inspired by the Tower of London’s Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation, part of which is currently on display at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

The poppies have now been moved into the cathedral, where they will be on display for the next few days. Individual poppies are on sale, with proceeds going to the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

Pictures taken by Lee Ward @ Law Photography.