Updated: Monday, 20th November 2017 @ 5:34pm

Crowds gather in St Peter's Square as Manchester comes to a standstill for Armistice Day

Crowds gather in St Peter's Square as Manchester comes to a standstill for Armistice Day

By James Riches

Manchester came to a standstill this morning as the city observed a two minute’s silence to honour Armistice Day.

Crowds gathered at the Cenotaph in St Peter’s Square as poppy wreaths were laid in memory of those who died during the First World War, as well as those who fell in more recent conflicts.

The silence began at 11 o’clock to the sound of a maroon explosion from the top of the Town Hall in nearby Albert Square, before former soldiers paid their respects at the monument.

Metrolink services briefly paused at St Peter’s Square station to observe the silence, while builders working on the Manchester Central Library downed tools and stood together on scaffolding to join in the tributes.

The Lord Mayor of Manchester, Harry Lyons, said: “It’s extremely important that we mark Armistice Day.”

“It provides us all with a time to reflect on past and current conflicts and to pay our respects to all men and women who gave their lives fighting for our freedom.”

Further services will take place across Greater Manchester on Sunday, with representatives from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Royal British Legion, Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment and Reserve Forces joining in a procession from Albert Square to the Cenotaph.

There will also be remembrance services in Salford, Bolton, Wigan and Stockport as the area joins together to honour those who died in conflict.

Check back later for more coverage of Armistice Day’s events around Greater Manchester.