THOUSANDS gathered to pay their respects to those who lost their lives in two world wars and in conflicts since across Hampshire. 

At the Annual Civic Remembrance Service, held at the Cenotaph in Watts Park, residents, city officials, veterans and personnel from all three armed forces were all in attendance. 

There was music conducted by John Attenborough, the mayor's chaplain and port chaplain, Mission to Seafarers Southampton, as well as commemorations by representatives of the churches and the faith communities of the city.

Councillor Les Harris, mayor of Southampton, said: "We remember those who have died and have given sacrificially, their lives in conflict. We pray for people who continue to suffer because of war."

A two minute silence was held to remember those who have lost their lives in fighting around the world, which was then followed by wreath laying the High Sheriff of Hampshire Mary Montagu-Scott, the mayor, the Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire Nigel Atkinson and many others. 

The service concluded with a reading of 'In Flanders Field' by John McCrae, read by Southampton Sea Cadets, and a rendition of the National Anthem.

Services were also held in Romsey, where a parade left War Memorial Park and went marched through the streets before returning to the Abbey, and in Winchester.