Crowds gathered at war memorials around the county to pay their respects on a cold and wet Remembrance Sunday.

Heavy rain didn’t put people off in Worcester, where a large number of people stood in Cathedral Square for an 11am service at the war memorial outside the cathedral.

Worcester mayor Louis Stephen and the Lord-Lieutenant of Worcestershire Beatrice Grant were among the dignitaries to lay wreaths at the memorial.

They were followed by representatives of the armed forces, emergency services, voluntary organisations and other groups.

Earlier in the morning, a parade of military personnel, cadets and veterans had made its way from Cornmarket through the High Street to Worcester Cathedral, followed by a procession of civic dignitaries including city councillors from the Guildhall.

A service in the cathedral was led by the Rev Canon Dr Stephen Edwards, the interim dean of Worcester, who talked about the “fear and distress” caused by the ongoing conflicts in Ukraine and what he called the Holy Land, during his sermon.

Elsewhere in the city, remembrance services took place at St John the Baptist Church in Claines and at St John in Bedwardine Church in St John’s, following parades involving cadets, Scouts and veterans.

Scouts from the 20th Worcester Scout Group took part in a service of remembrance at Hindlip Park, home to the headquarters of West Mercia Police and Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service.

Cavendish Park care home in Evesham was among the places holding its own service on Sunday.

Staff and residents also created a display of more than 3,000 poppies they’d been working on since April.

Wreaths weren’t only laid locally, but also sent to London via special ‘poppy trains’ starting from Worcester Shrub Hill and Great Malvern.

Mid-Worcestershire MP Nigel Huddleston handed a wreath to the train’s crew when it stopped in Evesham.

Wreaths from across the GWR network were then placed at the war memorial at Platform 1 at Paddington Station.