Stoke & Staffordshire

Stafford Remembrance service is moved as more attend

Stafford Borough war memorial
Image caption The service will be followed by a parade through the town centre

A Remembrance Sunday service in Staffordshire has been moved to a bigger venue after the number of people attending doubled last year.

More than 1,500 tried attended the service held at St Mary's Church, Stafford - twice the number it can hold, according to the borough council.

The service will be held at the borough war memorial in Victoria Square.

Council leader Mike Heenan said the large turnout was due to the town's "long military tradition".

"It is no surprise to me that so many people want to turn out on this very important day to pay their respects," he said.

The service on 11 November will be followed by wreath-laying with a parade including war veterans, the Army, RAF and youth organisations through the town centre.

Graham Fowell, rector of St Mary's, said: "It is wonderful to see so many people giving up their time to honour those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

"I know the move has the support of the Royal British Legion, clergy and council who have all worked together to make this happen."

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