Braintree and Witham fell silent to remember those who died in conflict.

The annual Witham remembrance service took place on Sunday at the War Memorial in Newland Street.

Dignitaries including MP Priti Patel, town councillors and groups from across the town attended the service.

The Rev Sally Lodge led the service of Remembrance.

Witham Royal British Legion committee member Brian Topham said: “It went really well and we had more people than last year.

“Priti Patel was there along with councillors, air cadets, army cadets and police cadets.

“We think it could be even big- ger next year with the hundreds years of the end of the war.”

Around 20 wreaths were laid at the war memorial by groups and dignitaries.

The Braintree service took place on Sunday at Braintree and Bocking Public Gardens, Bocking End.

A wreath was placed at the memorial before a parade through the town to St Michael’s Church.

The event was attended by Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Essex Jonathan Douglas-Hughes, Braintree MP James Cleverly, the High Sheriff of Essex Simon Hall and president of the Essex Royal British Legion Bob Villa.

The army cadets were in attendance and the air training corps led the parade.

Braintree and Bocking RBL chairman Dave Arnold said: “It was a very good day and there was a fantastic turnout.

"We reckon there were more than 200 people participating in the parade.”