A poignant Remembrance Service drew hundreds of residents to the Macclesfield cenotaph on Sunday.

A parade marched from Macclesfield town hall to the cenotaph where the Last Post was played, poppy wreaths laid and a service held.

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Among the civic leaders paying their respects were MP David Rutley, Cheshire East Council’s mayor coun Wesley Fitzgerald and Macclesfield mayor coun Janet Jackson, who praised those who turned out for the event.

She said: “There were people of all ages, from all generations. It was so nice to see people had made the effort to remember those who gave their lives in conflict, especially as we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

“The service was poignant and moving.”

Services were also held in Bollington, Prestbury, Sutton, Rainow, Gawsworth and across the area. White Nancy became a beacon of remembrance when painters emblazoned the Bollington folly with a striking red poppy and the famous poem For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon.