Hundreds of visitors flocked to a church at the weekend for a special remembrance event.

100 Years On was held in St Mary’s Church in Weymouth on Saturday.

The community project involved groups, schools, the church and the borough council working together to help remember those who died in past conflicts.

As part of the project, 3,500 handmade doves were installed above the church pews, and poppy displays were placed around the church.

Veterans from The Veterans Hub stood near to the church’s alter with their medals and shared their stories, while range stew was served to hungry visitors in the canteen.

Julie Hursthouse, community development officer of Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, said: “We wanted to do something completely different to anything which had been done before.

“I spoke with Neil Biles, the community chaplain, and he mentioned making the doves. We had a conversation and it was very much about how we could make this into a bigger project.

“We wanted to get schools involved and asked them to write thank you letters to local veterans. They’ve also helped to make the doves and poppies.

“It’s a commemoration and a celebration. The poppies represent looking back while the doves represent looking to the future.”

As part of the project, Conifers Primary School and St Nicholas and St Laurence Primary School wrote letters to local veterans.

Meanwhile, schools including Southill Primary School and Bincombe Valley Primary School got involved in the arts and crafts side of the project.

Mrs Hursthouse said more than 500 people visited the church on Saturday to see the various displays and take a moment to remember the fallen.

Among the visitors was Mayor of Weymouth and Portland Gill Taylor.

She said: “It’s been great. A lot of people have come together for this. It’s important we remember the people who have lost their lives for us, not just over the years, but in other wars since. And I want to thank everyone who has contributed, what a fabulous event it is.”

Cllr Ryan Hope also attended the church with his family.

He said: “It’s a fantastic event and has brought the community together to remember something very important which should never be forgotten.

“There’ s been lots of different elements to the project from dove making to the poppies, which have brought a whole new perspective of remembrance and being involved.”

Speaking about the project, Andy Price of The Veteran’s Hub, said: “Today some of the veterans have come down and shared their stories with all of us. We want to engage with people, they don’t always know who is living in their community and what they’ve done.

“For us it was a really great thing to be a part of and an honour.”