One hundred years ago on Sunday the guns fell silent to bring to an end one of the bloodiest conflicts in history – the Great War.

Scenes from Barnstaple Remembrance Sunday parade 2017. Picture: Andy KeebleScenes from Barnstaple Remembrance Sunday parade 2017. Picture: Andy Keeble

This weekend communities across North Devon are hosting a series of events to mark the centenary of the end of World War One and pay tribute to the fallen.

War memorials in towns and villages will see people gather from around 10.30am to attend the traditional remembrance service and two minutes’ silence at 11am, the time when the guns fell silent a century ago on the first Armistice Day.

In Barnstaple, the events begin with the annual Children’s Remembrance Service at Rock Park on Friday, attended by local schoolchildren.

The town’s traditional Remembrance Sunday service will also be held at the Rock Park war memorial, during which commemorative benches honouring the fallen of WWI will be unveiled at the park and at the Square.

The civic party will parade along Taw Vale and take the salute of the mayor, Councillor Ian Roome, and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Devon.

This will be followed by a parade around the Square, through the High Street and to the parish church for a second service.

Barnstaple Town Council has also launched a town wide remembrance trail of silhouettes as part of the nationwide There But Not There project, which will be launched at the Children’s Service.

The trail, which will feature 10 silhouettes of British soldiers – or ‘Tommies’ - dotted around the town, will tell the stories of some of the people who made huge sacrifices during the war.

The stories have been researched by students from Park Community School and Pilton Community College with the help of North Devon Museum and the North Devon Athenaeum.

The silhouettes provided to the town council are part of the There But Not There project, which aims to place a representative figure for names on local war memorials around the country and into places where their absence would have been felt.

Maps for the trail will be available in various locations around town, and will be available to download from Barnstaple Town Council’s website.

Barnstaple mayor Ian Roome said: “Remembrance Sunday is an important day for us all to pay our respects to those who lost their lives in combat.

“We acknowledge sacrifices made by so many, including members of our own families. This year is particularly poignant as it’s the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One. I hope the people of Barnstaple will join me in marking the dedication of our armed forces in the past, present and future.

“I’d like to encourage everyone to support The Royal British Legion and wear a poppy as it not only remembers lost lives, but also assists the servicemen and women of today.”