Communities across North Devon and Torridge gathered this morning for Armistice Day events to mark the exact minute when the guns of the Great War fell silent.

Uniformed students at Chulmleigh College on Armistice Day 2020.Uniformed students at Chulmleigh College on Armistice Day 2020.

The world is in the grip of a global pandemic 102 years on and as with Remembrance Sunday events, today’s November 11 ceremonies were greatly scaled back with only a small number of people present.

In Barnstaple, a small number of people watched the Act of Remembrance as wreaths were placed at the war memorial.

Representatives from The Veterans Charity laid wreaths alongside North Devon Council chairman Councillor Frank Biederman and vice chairman Cllr Julie Hunt.

At Chulmleigh College, the whole school held a socially-distanced Remembrance Day Service.

Armistice Day on November 11, 2020, in Barnstaple. Picture: Simon ElleryArmistice Day on November 11, 2020, in Barnstaple. Picture: Simon Ellery

The school assembled in their year group ‘bubbles’, and after a short speech from executive headteacher Michael Johnson, head boy Jamie Ryan and head girl Eve Scarbrough gave readings, before the Last Post was played and two minutes’ silence was observed.

Bideford mayor Peter Christie laid a wreath at St Mary’s Church, while South Molton Royal British Legion held a Covid-19 compliant Remembrance Day Service at the town war memorial.

The mayor, Cllr Paul Henderson and local RBL chairman Sue Sewell laid wreaths on behalf of many organisations who would normally attend but were unable to do so.

Many other towns and villages also held their own events.

The South Molton Armistice Day 2020 service.The South Molton Armistice Day 2020 service.

If your community took part in Armistice Day observances this morning and you’d like us io add the pictures to our gallery, please email newsdesk@northdevongazette.co.uk .

The Armistice Day 2020 Remembrance Service was held in advance in Great Torrington and published on the town council website at 11am on 11/11. Picture: GTTCThe Armistice Day 2020 Remembrance Service was held in advance in Great Torrington and published on the town council website at 11am on 11/11. Picture: GTTC

Armistice Day on November 11, 2020, in Barnstaple. Picture: Simon ElleryArmistice Day on November 11, 2020, in Barnstaple. Picture: Simon Ellery

Armistice Day on November 11, 2020, in Barnstaple. Picture: Simon ElleryArmistice Day on November 11, 2020, in Barnstaple. Picture: Simon Ellery

Armistice Day on November 11, 2020, in Barnstaple. Picture: Simon ElleryArmistice Day on November 11, 2020, in Barnstaple. Picture: Simon Ellery

Armistice Day on November 11, 2020, in Barnstaple. Picture: Simon ElleryArmistice Day on November 11, 2020, in Barnstaple. Picture: Simon Ellery

Armistice Day on November 11, 2020, in Barnstaple. Picture: Simon ElleryArmistice Day on November 11, 2020, in Barnstaple. Picture: Simon Ellery

The Armistice Day 2020 Remembrance Service was held in advance in Great Torrington and published on the town council website at 11am on 11/11. Picture: GTTCThe Armistice Day 2020 Remembrance Service was held in advance in Great Torrington and published on the town council website at 11am on 11/11. Picture: GTTC

The Armistice Day 2020 Remembrance Service was held in advance in Great Torrington and published on the town council website at 11am on 11/11. Picture: GTTCThe Armistice Day 2020 Remembrance Service was held in advance in Great Torrington and published on the town council website at 11am on 11/11. Picture: GTTC

The Armistice Day 2020 Remembrance Service was held in advance in Great Torrington and published on the town council website at 11am on 11/11. Picture: GTTCThe Armistice Day 2020 Remembrance Service was held in advance in Great Torrington and published on the town council website at 11am on 11/11. Picture: GTTC

The Armistice Day 2020 Remembrance Service was held in advance in Great Torrington and published on the town council website at 11am on 11/11. Picture: GTTCThe Armistice Day 2020 Remembrance Service was held in advance in Great Torrington and published on the town council website at 11am on 11/11. Picture: GTTC

The Armistice Day 2020 Remembrance Service was held in advance in Great Torrington and published on the town council website at 11am on 11/11. Picture: GTTCThe Armistice Day 2020 Remembrance Service was held in advance in Great Torrington and published on the town council website at 11am on 11/11. Picture: GTTC

The Armistice Day 2020 Remembrance Service was held in advance in Great Torrington and published on the town council website at 11am on 11/11. Picture: GTTCThe Armistice Day 2020 Remembrance Service was held in advance in Great Torrington and published on the town council website at 11am on 11/11. Picture: GTTC

Poppy wreaths on the gate at Chulmleigh Primary School.Poppy wreaths on the gate at Chulmleigh Primary School.