A GARDEN to remember those who lost their lives during the First World War was unveiled on Remembrance Sunday.

The Ludgershall Great War Commemoration Group (LGWCG) teamed up with Ludgershall Town Council to refurbish what was the Rose Garden into a war memorial garden as a lasting tribute to those who served in the Great War.

Unveiled at the Armistice Day events in Ludgershall on Sunday the garden's central design is of a large resin poppy.

Taking pride of place in the garden are a bench, bin and lectern all made especially and featuring soldiers silhouettes.

During the commemorations the 26 Royal Engineers regiment paraded through the town, leading to the war memorial in impressive formation.

Also in attendance was MP Claire Perry and the Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire, Sarah Rose Troughton.

The Armistice Day service took place at St James Church at 10am. This was immediately followed by the Act of Remembrance at the war memorial and the dedication of the Great War Centenary Garden.

The plaque in the garden was unveiled by 13 family members of Ludgershall soldiers who served in the Great War.

Peter Unwin, the chair of LGWCG, said: "I am told that the crowd were at least seven or eight deep around the parade.

"It is a lovely event, for a conventional parade service it is quite an emotional event with all the soldiers neatly positioned around the war memorial.

"When we came out of the church and it was the first time we saw the parade and the crowd, I was gobsmacked. I couldn't see the garden through the crowd."

Peter was blown away by the support the group received from members of the community and businesses alike, adding: "People have volunteered materials, people have volunteered their time.

"Lovell played a significant part in the works.They have been amazing the way they have supported this project.

"The way it turned out on the day, it was absolutely perfect.

"Then it was blessed and dedicated, then all the little memorial crosses have been put into the garden, to add to the poignancy of everything and it looks fabulous I've got to say."

The group also held a 'Ludgershall At War' exhibition over the course of the weekend at the Memorial Hall.