THOUSANDS of people gathered at cenotaphs across the borough this morning to pay tribute to fallen soldiers on Remembrance Sunday.

People were unable to pay their respects in large gatherings last year due to coronavirus restrictions but parades and services went ahead as usual today at war memorials across the Dudley borough.

In Dudley town centre, ex-service men and women were joined by community groups and dignitaries for a short parade from Stone Street Square, Dudley.

Former soldiers made their way past the World War One memorial on Priory Street, down Priory Road and onto Ednam Road before coming to a halt at the cenotaph where Reverend James Treasure led the Remembrance Sunday service in Coronation Gardens.

He was joined by the Mayor of Dudley, Councillor Anne Millward, who was among those who laid a wreath at the cenotaph or the WWI memorial after the service.

Cllr Millward said: "It has been an incredible privilege and honour to represent Dudley at today’s Remembrance Sunday service, I’m so pleased it could go ahead in a more familiar way this year.

"This sombre occasion reminds us all to stop and reflect on the huge sacrifices people have made for our country including the brave men and women serving their country today.

"Today we promise to never forget those who have been lost and I would like to thank the Dudley community for once again joining us in paying their respects."

An Armistice service was held in Dudley on Thursday (November 11) at the World War One memorial on Priory Street.