PEOPLE have this morning attended Remembrance Sunday services to honour Oxfordshire's war dead.

Hundreds turned out at St Giles, Oxford to watch the Remembrance Sunday service this morning.

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It was conducted by leaders from the Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and Humanist faiths and remembered those who fell in battle since the First World War.

Opening the service Lord Mayor Mohammad Abassi said: "We remember those who suffered in war.

"The forces who serve for this country are still called to war and danger.

"It is important we build on all of the efforts made to build a better society and international relations."

Veterans, some as old as 103, were among the first to lay wreaths.

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  • The service in Kennington

Members of all armed forces, along with members of the Royal British Legion, took part in a parade down St Giles after the service.

One of the groups in the parade is the Scouts, whose members laid wreaths in memory of those who died in combat.

Oxford Spires District Group leader Colin "Pop" Doling said: "it's important for respect and to teach continuing generations that respect.

"The scouts were very important during World War One. They carried messages, guarded the coast, helped farm land and turned their huts into medical posts.

"We tell our Scouts every year why we think it's important we remember them and hope they think it's important too."

It was a moving service in Kennington as the young and old came together to remember.

Scouts, brownies and guides took part in the parade to St Swithuns Church (below).

Kennington Parish Council chairman Colin Charlett read out a prayer before several wreaths were placed at the memorial. 

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In Witney, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Church Green war memorial, followed by a civic service at St Mary's Church.

It was jointly organised by Witney Town Council and the Royal British Legion.

In commemoration of the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, a tree planting also took take place afterwards behind the church.

Town councillor Richard Langridge said: "It is always an absolute honour to be part of the mayor's party at this service, particularly this year with the centenary.

"It is wonderful to see so many people here paying their respects.

"In Witney we always have a fantastic turnout."

After the planting town mayor Jeanette Baker said: "It really has been a true Remembrance Sunday.

"I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in this planting, especially Churches Together, the trees are splendid.

"They will stand proud and alive, representing peace and beauty.

"May they be watched over and enjoyed by those with memories and by generations of young people to come."