THOUSANDS lined the streets across the borough to pay their respects on Remembrance Sunday.

Despite miserable weather, Ramsbottom residents turned out in force to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

The parade set out from Ramsbottom Royal British Legion Club, in Central Street, and marched through the town’s streets towards the war memorial outside St Paul’s Church in Bridge Street.

Once there, a wreath laying ceremony took place, officiated by the Reverend Andy Lindop, followed by a service inside the church.

As part of the service, the names of fallen First World War soldiers, who were members of the church, were read out along with details about their regiment and date of death.

After the service, the parade made its way back up Bridge Street towards the Royal British Legion club, where Parade Marshal, Mr Peter Evans, dismissed it.

A Remembrance parade and service were also held in Tottington, and hundreds gathered around the town’s war memorial in Market Street to remember service people and civilians ‘who paid the ultimate sacrifice’.

Wreaths were then laid at the memorial by dignitaries.

Meanwhile, in Prestwich, members of the community did the village proud as they braved the cold and rain to pay their respects.

A parade set out from the Longfield Suite at 10.30am and made its way to the war memorial at the junction of St Mary’s Road and Rectory Lane, where ex-service personnel led a service.

Music was provided for the event by the Besses o’ th’ Barn Band.

It was initially feared that the village may not hold a commemoration after its Royal British Legion branch shut down and the event organiser became ill.

However, residents and councillors came to the rescue and united to ensure a service would go ahead.

Cllr Alan Quinn, who was one of those who rallied to help ensure the commemoration would go ahead, tweeted: “A great turnout at the Prestwich commemoration this morning. Thanks to Tom at the Church Inn, our veterans, scouts and police for organising this year’s event.”