TOWNSFOLK who gave their lives in war to protect Britain's freedom were remembered as residents of Okehampton paid their respects at the town's Remembrance Sunday service.

The parade through the town included representatives from the Okehampton branch of the Royal British Legion, and a number of other organisations in the town. The service took place in All Saints Parish Church, and wreaths were laid on the church's war memorial.

It is thought that this year's remembrance parade is the first time that two mayors have attended, with Okehampton mayor Cllr Rev Mike Davies and mayor of West Devon Cllr Bill Cann taking part.

St Boniface RC Church also held a remembrance service, and Okehampton's deputy mayor Cllr Paul Vachon attended, laying a wreath at St Boniface's war memorial.

Town mayor Cllr the Rev Davies said: 'As mayor it is my duty to follow tradition and read out the names of all those from Okehampton who have paid the supreme sacrifice. Behind each name is a life lost, and friends and family left in suffering.

'It is a long list of names and it makes you realise the impact on our town. Sadly in recent years an addition has been made to the town's War Memorial due to the continuing conflict in Afghanistan.'