Crowds gathered to remember those who have given their lives for their country at a Remembrance Sunday service at Ealing's newly refurbished war memorial, writes Tracy Vize.
Hundreds watched as last weekend's parade marched from the town hall to Ealing Green accompanied by the rousing bagpipes of the Balmoral Highlanders.
Army and air cadets marched with brownies, scouts and St John Ambulance volunteers. Ceremonial standards were bowed before the last post was heard, then the chimes of Big Ben were relayed to announce the start of the two-minute silence at 11am.
Mayor Ian Green led the laying of wreaths from the Royal British Legion and other groups including the Ealing Ex-Services Men's Club and The Gurkha Veterans' Foundation.
Parade Marshall Captain Theobald oversaw the smooth running of the annual event.
The family of local man Tom Hopson, whose name appears on the memorial, carried his picture and laid wreaths in his memory. His brother William and sister Joyce were there, along with his niece, who said: "We come every year. Tom died on July 18, 1944, and we have been to his grave in Ranville Cemetery in France."
The veterans, distinctive with their medals, ribbons and berets, were there to remember lost comrades and friends. Poppies and more personal messages of remembrance were placed alongside the wreaths and the crowds were asked to remember those who have died in more recent conflicts and those serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Children played in the autumn leaves as people sang the hymns Abide With Me and Jerusalem, accompanied by the band Capital Concert Brass. After the blessing by Reverend Stuart Leamy, Deputy Priest-in-Ordinary to the Queen, the final march-past faded away, to end the moving service for another year.