THOUSANDS of people turned out across Thurrock to pay their respects to those who gave their lives in the line of duty.

Parades in Stanford-le-Hope, Grays, Tilbury, Aveley and Orsett among others were very well attended by residents on Saturday, November 9 and Remembrance Sunday.

More than 1,000 people watched the army and air cadets, sea scouts, scouts and beavers march through Stanford-le-Hope.

Wreaths were laid at points across the borough with Thurrock MP, Jackie Doyle-Price, and Thurrock Council leader, John Kent paying tribute at the Grays service.

Members gathered at the high memorial in Aveley, a particularly significant site as the memorial of Lt Cpl Nicky Mason lies there.

Labour parliamentary candidate, Polly Billington was joined by councillors and members of the community at Tilbury civic square while residents gathered at the Bata memorial, in East Tilbury, to remember.

David Meacham, organiser of the Stanford-le-Hope parade, said there were so many people not everyone could fit on the Green.

He added: “It is with pride and embarrassment that we had problems, yet again, getting all onto the Green for the Parade Grateful thanks to all who helped arrange this day go smoothly.”