Thousands of poppies fell from the skies to round off a weekend of World War One commemorative events.

Police stopped the traffic while crowds watched 20,000 petals released from St Andrews church tower in Halstead on Monday, following an hour-long ceremony of remembrance and a last post in the churchyard.

The event was the last of four scheduled for the centenary weekend in Halstead, including a display of wartime memorabilia at the Royal British Legion club, a themed tea party by Halstead Women’s Institute and a silver band concert in the public gardens.

Ramsey Academy students also displayed artwork in the old ‘His and Hers’ shop in Bridge Street.

For the full story, see this week's Halstead Gazette.