WAR veteran Len Parry said nothing was going to stop him paying his respects to fallen comrades on Armistice Day today despite the latest lockdown restrictions scuppering any organised event to mark the anniversary.

What's more, Mr Parry, who turned 100 on September 3 this year, drove himself to Skipton High Street and watched as fellow RAF veteran Harry Dowson laid a wreath at the war memorial.

"I was determined to attend today and I came along on Remembrance Sunday as well," he said.

The former Burnley man, who settled in Skipton in 1950, after he married his wife, Muriel, added: "I have been coming here to the services at the war memorial for 70 years and haven't missed one. This year wasn't going to be any different."

Roger Tripp laid a wreath on behalf of the Skipton Retired Men's Forum to join around 50 other tributes laid this year in informal ceremonies.

The event was in contrast to last year's 100th anniversary of the end of WW1 which saw between 2,000 and 3,000 in attendance, complete with marking parades and bands.

John Kirwen-Davey, chairman of the Skipton branch of the Royal British Legion, said around 300 people had attended an informal ceremony on Remembrance Sunday and around 120 today adding that the lockdown due to coronavirus and the restrictions surrounding gatherings 'had not dampened the spirit of the day in Skipton'.

Bugler Ian Brown played the Last Post from the grounds of Holy Trinity Church and those who gathered near the war memorial and at the sides of the road observed a two minutes' silence.

The traffic had not been stopped, as was usual in other years, but a number of drivers had brought their cars to a half on the approach to the roundabout. Several shoppers also stood quietly for the two minutes.