SILENCE will fall across the country on Sunday as Swindon and surrounding town and villages mark Remembrance Sunday.

Crowds will gather at the Cenotaph in Swindon town centre, the Steam Museum, Radnor Street Cemetery and Christ Church, as well as in Highworth, Royal Wootton Bassett and Cricklade.

A procession will take place from the Old Town Hall to the Cenotaph in Regent Circus at 10.40am, before the two minute silence at 11am.

Swindon Mayor Mick Bray will be laying a wreath at the event, which is being organised by the Royal British Legion.

Coun Bray said: “I shall be laying the wreath on behalf of the council and the people of Swindon. I served in the air force for 30 years. A few of my friends when they were killed weren’t brought home to be buried. Remembrance Sunday is a good time for me to remember people who served with me and people who served with my father in the First World War.

“It is a good thing that we remember and we continue to remember.”

A service will be held at the Steam Museum at 3pm to remember the Swindon railway workers, as well as servicemen, who have lost their lives during periods of conflict.

The service will be led by Janet Done, lay minister of Swindon Deanery and of St Mary's Church, Rodbourne Cheney, in the museum’s Hawksworth Hall.

A Remembrance service for former Swindon High School pupils will take place at Christ Church in Old Town from 10am.

Mourners will be laying a wreath at the War Memorial in honour of those who are commemorated on it.

A Remembrance Day ceremony will also take place at Radnor Street Cemetery at 2pm – it is going ahead after the community rallied round to save it earlier this year.

In Royal Wootton Bassett, a silence will take place at the War Memorial at 11am.

It will be followed by a parade in the afternoon, which will start at 2.15pm, marching from Boroughfields to the War Memorial led by the Pegasus Brass Band.

There will then be a church service, which will be officated by the Reverend Canon Thomas Woodhouse.

The parade will then return down the High Street with the salute being taken by the Vice Lord Lieutenant Lord Lansdowne and Royal Wootton Bassett Mayor Mike Leighfield.

A procession will also be taking place in Highworth at 9.40am from Brewery Street to St Michael's Church, Highworth, for a 10am service.

Meanwhile, Cricklade Royal British Legion will be holding a parade in Cricklade shortly before 11am, which will head from the town hall to the War Memorial, led by the Cricklade Band.

A 20 minute service will take place at the war memorial, which will be followed by a service at St Sampson’s Church.