THERE were big turn outs for the remembrance events in the Cotswolds at the weekend.

This year Remembrance Day fell on Armistice Day, and had added poignancy as it was also the end of the First World War.

There were the traditional services and parades across the Cotswolds included in Stow-on-the-Water and Moreton in Marsh.

Before the weekend, Stow-on-the-Water British Legion Poppy Appeal took on the large shop in The Square, and was called a bigger success than ever before.

Taylor and Fletcher helped organise the use of the shop through owner Eric Gadsden and made a generous donation of £250 to the appeal, that supports serving and ex-service personnel, and their families.

Kitebrook Preparatory School pupils honouring those who have fought for their country with a visit from a major from the army.

Remembrance Prayers were held and there were talks on the history and meaning of remembrance, alongside a presentation on the role of animals in wars, both past and present. Each year group also laid poppies and wreaths on a makeshift trench to remember.

Meanwhile Year 6 pupils from Dormer House School in Moreton in Marsh visited the town’s War Memorial this week to gain a first hand impression of the sacrifice made by the fallen.

As part of their history curriculum the children studied the First World War with Dormer House pupils participating in Remembrance Sunday Parade activities.