TRAFFIC on a busy Worcester roundabout will be stopped at the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month this year to allow people to hold a two-minute silence.

Last year some people vowed to take matters into their own hands when traffic was not prevented from driving past the war memorial outside Worcester Cathedral.

However, Worcester City Council leaders have confirmed that police will be halting vehicles in College Street at 11am on Sunday.

Council leader Simon Geraghty said: "We have always stopped the traffic on a Sunday so this year there is no problem because November 11 falls on Sunday."

However, following the strength of feeling about traffic driving along College Street during the two minutes silence last year, council leaders met police representatives to resolve how the matter could be handled in future.

"The police have always been very good on the Sunday and we have now heard they will stop the traffic when November 11 falls on another day of the week. It is just for the two minutes silence.

"A lot of drivers do switch off their engines and wait quietly when they know what is going on."

A spokeswoman for Worcester Police confirmed that when November 11 does not fall on a Sunday in future, they would stop the traffic in front of the Cathedral for the two-minutes silence.

Last year pensioner Brian Hunt, who has an Army background, said he was disgusted that motorists continued to drive past the Cathedral while hundreds of people gathered to pay their respects to servicemen and women who died for their country.

He was one of a number of people who said they would hold-up the traffic this year if the police did not do the job.

He is delighted with the decision by the authorities to stop the traffic and said: "We did not want confrontation. I do not think it is much to ask once a year for the traffic to stop for two minutes on November 11 and on Remembrance Sunday when that is a different day. I am thrilled they are going to do it."

Martin McAleese, county field officer for the Worcestershire Royal British Legion said: "It is marvellous news. The Royal British Legion is delighted and gives its full support."