More than 4,000 people of all ages packed around Clacton’s Memorial Gardens for today’s Remembrance Day Service.
Veterans, residents, Councillors and youth organisations all stood side by side for the service on the town’s seafront.
Around 50 wreaths were laid around the memorial, including one from Tendring District Council Chairman (TDC) Mark Platt and Chief Executive Ian Davidson.
Cllr Platt said it was a very special occasion when so many came together to honour all those who have given their lives in conflict over the years.
“It was a truly amazing turnout which was the equal of last year’s record attendance and that section of the seafront was totally packed out as far as the eye could see,” he said.
“It was a great honour for me to be there and to take part representing all the residents of Tendring.”
Hundreds had previously lined the route of a large parade which began outside Clacton Town Hall and marched to the seafront.
The parade was led off by the Colchester Scout Band and members of 3 Parachute Regiment from Colchester Garrison. Paul Cave was Deputy Parade Marshal.
Rev David Lower of St Paul’s Church, Clacton, led the service at the Memorial Gardens which was accompanied by the Salvation Army Band.
The Last Post and Reveille were played by Ellie Bould from Tendring Brass Band.
Dan Casey, President of Clacton Royal British Legion, said that he was impressed by the sheer number of people that took part in both the parade and the service.
“The Legion thanks all those who came along today for their fantastic support,” he added.
“It is very special to see so many of all ages standing side by side – especially the young people - and it makes it a day to remember for so many reasons.”