Schoolchildren gathered at Rock Park in Barnstaple on Friday morning for the annual Children’s Remembrance Service.

The children's Remembrance Day service in Rock Park, Barnstaple on Friday. Picture: Matt SmartThe children's Remembrance Day service in Rock Park, Barnstaple on Friday. Picture: Matt Smart

Schoolchildren from across Barnstaple gathered in Rock Park this morning (Friday) for the annual Children’s Remembrance Service.

More than 300 students from local schools paid tribute to those who fought and died in conflict at the event, which was organised by Barnstaple Town Council.

The service, now in its 15th year, helps introduce youngsters to the importance of remembering those who have given their lives in armed conflict.

After the traditional two minute silence and last post, pairs of children from each school lay wreaths and messages at the memorial.

It was joined by civic dignitaries including the mayor of Barnstaple, Councillor Julie Hunt plus North Devon MP Peter Heaton-Jones, and North Devon Council leader Des Brailey together with shadow leader Brian Greenslade.

A parade and civic procession into Rock Park will be held on Remembrance Sunday.

Wreaths will be laid by military, civic and community organisations at 11am at the park’s war memorial, before heading to the parish church for the annual Remembrance Sunday service.

The children's Remembrance Day service in Rock Park, Barnstaple on Friday. Picture: Matt SmartThe children's Remembrance Day service in Rock Park, Barnstaple on Friday. Picture: Matt Smart

Mrs Hunt said: “The town always turns out in large numbers for Remembrance, and it’s really important that we do.

“We all lead such busy lives nowadays, so from day-to-day we perhaps don’t think about the sacrifices that our armed forces have made, and continue to make, in our defence.

“I think we can all spare some time on this important day each year to show our deeply appreciation for those whose lives have been lost or badly affected by war.”

The children's Remembrance Day service in Rock Park, Barnstaple on Friday. Picture: Matt SmartThe children's Remembrance Day service in Rock Park, Barnstaple on Friday. Picture: Matt Smart

The children's Remembrance Day service in Rock Park, Barnstaple on Friday. Picture: Matt SmartThe children's Remembrance Day service in Rock Park, Barnstaple on Friday. Picture: Matt Smart