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Armistice Day parade held in town


Gemma Valentine wore her husband's medals to the parade and service

Thousands of people have turned out in a Warwickshire town to take part in an Armistice Day parade and service.

The service took place at the War Memorial in Bedworth Cemetery, where a two-minute silence was observed to mark the moment World War I ended.

The parade met in Church Way and marched up Mill Street to All Saints Square and High Street.

The events were also attended by family and friends of soldiers who had recently died in Afghanistan.

Fusilier Louis Carter, 18, from Nuneaton, and Sgt Simon Valentine, 29, from Bedworth, died in August.

Bedworth parade
Thousands of people turned out for the Armistice Day parade and service

Fusilier Carter died while trying to rescue his section commander from the scene of an explosion in Sangin, Helmand.

Sgt Valentine died as a result of injuries sustained while on foot patrol near Sangin in northern Helmand Province.

The Civic Service of Remembrance, which also started with a parade, was held in Riversley Park, Nuneaton, on Sunday.

Westminster Abbey held a special Armistice Day service following the deaths this year of the three remaining World War I veterans living in the UK.

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