Wednesday, November 11, 1998 Published at 15:53 GMT
Britain falls silent for the dead
Travellers at London's Victoria station stand and observe the silence
Much of the United Kingdom fell silent on Wednesday as Britons paid homage to those who died in World War I.
Shoppers, travellers and workers bowed their heads to acknowledge Armistice Day.
Most of Britain's television and radio channels broke into their programmes to observe the two minutes' silence.
But the observation was not universal.
At Manchester's Piccadilly train station some travellers seemed too busy to care.
Respect for the fallen
In Newcastle's main street shops turned off background music - some even turned Christmas lights off - and only the barking of a dog marred the silence.
In Glasgow's George Square 150 ex-servicemen, joined by students and shoppers, gathered to mark Armistice Day but traffic provided a hum of background noise.
Escalators in several Merseyside shopping centres ground to a halt and cash tills were silenced as a mark of respect.
One pensioner wiped a tear from his eye but a young child looked on in bemusement.
In Bristol city centre World War II veterans were joined by the Lord Mayor, Graham Robertson, for a service.
More than 3,000 workers at the Honda car factory in Swindon laid down their tools for two minutes to pay tribute.
A toddler's cries briefly broke the silence in Leeds city centre as a crowd of 500 stood at the local Cenotaph to commemorate the Armistice.
The Reverend John Hamilton, Chaplain to the Leeds Royal British Legion, led the Lord's Prayer and the Last Post was played by two buglers.
Tourists on Horseguards Parade also paid their respects.
Several remembrance ceremonies were conducted in Northern Ireland.
Later on Wednesday Territorial Army gunners will fire a World War I-vintage Minute Gun in the Somme Heritage Centre at Conlig, County Down, to honour the dead.