TOWNS and villages fell silent as the men and women who lost their lives in war were remembered.

Packed services across Otley, Aireborough, Horsforth and Wharfedale honoured the courage of the fallen in both world wars and later conflicts.

In Otley, the afternoon parade was followed by a service at the Methodist Church and then at the Cenotaph. The town paid tribute not just to those who lost their lives in the two world wars, but also to residents who have died in other conflicts. Among those remembered were Christopher John Hall, who died in Suez in1956; James Alfred Lee, who died in Northern Ireland in 1972; Matthew Cornish, who lost his life in Iraq in 2006; and Lance Corporal David Ramsden, who died in Afghanistan in 2010. The families of both Private Lee and Lance Corporal Ramsden were also present at Sunday’s service.

Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland said: "Remembrance Sunday is always a very moving and poignant day of the year. I attended services in Far Headingley and in Otley, where we remembered the over one million British men and women who fell fighting in the two world wars, including many people from local communities. We must never forget the sacrifices that all of them have made."

In Guiseley Second World War veteran Ernest Carr, aged 101, laid a wreath in memory of those who had died, and former Bevan boy George Robertson, aged 90, delivered the exhortation.

St Oswald's Church was packed out for the remembrance service, with the congregation proceeding to the cross at Town Gate led by the band of 2168 (Yeadon) Squadron, Air Training Corps, for the wreath-laying ceremony, joined by members of Guiseley Baptist Church and of the Methodist Church.

St Oswald's Rector, David Pickett - a former RAF flight commander - read out the names of all the town's men and women who were killed in action in two world wars and later conflicts.

He said he was delighted to see so many members of the local community at Town Gate, despite the weather conditions.

"Not even a deluge of rain could keep the hardy people of Guiseley and the surrounding area from paying their respects," he added.

A Music for Remembrance Concert was held on Sunday evening at St Oswald’s Church.

In Rawdon the service at the Remembrance Garden was attended by over 300 people and was conducted by Rev. Mark Smith, Vicar of Rawdon, in conjunction with Rev Derek Allan, Minister of Trinity Church, Rawdon. The service, attended by the area's MP Stuart Andrew, was organised by Rawdon Parish Council and readings were given by parish councillors and by Jordan Pretty from Benton Park School.

In Horsforth About 300 marched down Stanhope Drive stopping for brief remembrance at Stanhope Drive memorial stone and the laying of a wreath by Horsforth Town Council, as well as the Last Post, minute’s silence and Reveille.

Marchers moved on to the Horsforth Cenotaph for the full service of remembrance, laying of wreaths from community organisations, payers and hymns. About 600 people were present, and the service was led by Rev Larry Hibberd, Chairman of The Royal British Legion (Horsforth Branch). On Wednesday the town remembered Armistice Day with an event at Horsforth Cemetery.

Remembrance services were also held in Yeadon and Bramhope.