Thousands of people gathered in Wolverhampton on Remembrance Sunday to commemorate the fallen and watched the return of a full military parade marching through the city centre for the first time since 2019.

Organised by the City Council and led by the Royal Air Force Cosford Pipe Band, more than 200 veterans, serving forces personnel, cadets and other uniformed services participated in the parade which marched from Wulfruna Street to St Peter's Square for the annual Observance of Remembrance service.

Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Sandra Samuels OBE, said: "Bringing back the full city centre Remembrance Sunday parade for the first time since 2019 is something I was very keen to do, and I know it is something our veterans and forces community wanted as well.

“The weather was kind to us and it was superb to see thousands of people lining the streets and watching the service. It means so much to our veterans and armed forces community that people return year after year to remember their fallen comrades.

"The event had extra poignancy this year with war raging in Europe and coming soon after the death of our late Queen Elizabeth II to whom our forces swore allegiance for so many years. Remembrance is a time to honour the fallen, pray for peace and remind ourselves of the terrible human cost of war and conflict." 

The city also marked Armistice Day on Friday 11 November, when a service organised by the Royal British Legion took place at the cenotaph in St Peter’s Square to mark the signing of the armistice between the Allies and Germany at 11am on 11 November, 1918 - the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

On Saturday 13 November, the annual Dutch War Graves Service of Remembrance honouring the Dutch soldiers stationed at Wrottesley Park during the Second World War took place, with around 100 dignitaries and service personnel present at Jeffcock Road cemetery.

The Mayor then hosted a Civic Reception for the Dutch contingent at the City Suite.

During the Second World War, there was a large training camp for Dutch forces based at Wrottesley Park where they trained to take part in the D-Day landings in June 1944 and took part in the liberation of The Netherlands.