Leicester Market and King Power Stadium start a weekend of tributes (Video)
A weekend of tributes to the fallen started with silences observed at Leicester Market and King Power Stadium on Saturday.
Addressing the crowd that gathered in the market, Bishop of Leicester, the Right Reverend Tim Stevens, said: "It's an appropriate place to remember those who have died for our freedom – those who have died to make it possible for us to meet here."
Lee Bennett, 43, of vegetable stall Ju-Lee's, observed the two-minute silence at 11am with a salute to pay his respects.
"I think it's respectful, that's all, to the people who did what they did," he said.
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Wife Julie, 42, said: "I think when you work somewhere that's really busy and it goes completely silent and people stand still, it's quite moving. It shows respect."
Before the Leicester City match against Nottingham Forest kicked off at 12.45pm on Saturday, players from both teams warmed up in T-shirts emblazoned with huge red poppies and the words: "Shoulder to shoulder with all who serve", before the match ball was delivered by RAF helicopter.
Flight Lieutenant Jim Porter landed the helicopter on the pitch, while the ball was delivered by Flight Lieutenant Gaz Carr, both of 60 Squadron, RAF Shawbury.
The ground observed a silence ahead of the game, which ended 2-2, while a parade featuring veteran standard bearers took to the pitch at half-time.
Most of the county's parades and services were held yesterday, on Remembrance Day itself.
They included a parade and service in locations including Ashby, Lutterworth, South Wigston and Syston.