A PLEA for harmony among nations led this year's Remembrance Day service in Bournemouth's Central Gardens.

As in previous years several thousand people, young and old, were in attendance, including veterans displaying their berets and medals, forces partners and youngsters.

The roads either side of the gardens were packed as the parade – led by service personnel, cadets and veterans – made its way through the Square to the War Memorial, with music provided by the Salvation Army Band.

The Reverend Dr Ian Terry, town centre Rector, opened the service with a call for peace and reconciliation.

"We commit ourselves to work in penitence and faith for reconciliation between the nations, that all people may, together, live in freedom, justice and peace," he said.

"We pray for all who in bereavement, disability and pain continue to suffer the consequences of fighting and terror.

"We remember with thanksgiving and sorrow those whose lives, in world wards and conflicts past and present, have been given and taken away."

Following the Last Post, and two minutes silence signalled by the firing of a field gun in Braidley Road, there were hymns and readings by, among others, Mayor's Chaplain Rabbi Maurice Michaels, Tony Fernand of the Incorporated Bournemouth Free Church Council and David Warden of Dorset Humanists.

Following the national anthem and blessing, wreaths were laid at the memorial.