MORE than three-quarters of the population are expected to pause for the Two Minute Silence at 11am on Saturday to mark the moment the guns fell silent at the end of the First World War.

The Royal British Legion, which has campaigned since 1995 for the re-instatement of the Two Minute Silence, says it anticipates 45 million people will break off from whatever they are doing to take part in what has become by far the biggest spontaneous demonstration of public support for any cause in the country.

"We hope families will observe the silence together in this millennium year, the first year since 1995 when Armistice Day has fallen on a Saturday," said a Legion spokesman.