As remembrance weekend draws closer, a local bus operator has announced it will be providing free transport for the armed forces.

Veterans, cadets and those currently serving in the armed forces will be afforded free travel on First Wessex services so they can get to services this Sunday.

This offer of free travel is valid across First Wessex's entire network so these people can to Remembrance services.

The local bus operator said it announced the concession in honour of all the fallen and the surviving veterans of conflict. To claim the free bus travel, all current and former armed personnel need to do is wear their uniform, medals or show their military ID card.

As a further touch of class to show First Wessex's support for Remembrance Sunday and the British Legion’s poppy appeal, many buses will feature poppies fitted to the outside of the vehicle.

Marc Reddy, First Wessex Managing Director, said: “This is an important day for many people to remember family, friends and others who have been lost in military service or just want to pay their respects.

"We are pleased to be supporting the occasion and want to make it as easy as possible for people to attend the commemorative events taking place across Weymouth and surrounding areas.

“Many of our employees, from drivers, engineers to office staff have served in the military, so this time of year is particularly poignant across our sites.”

It has previously been reported that veterans and serving members of the armed forces can also benefit from free train travel courtesy of South Western Railway on Sunday.

The offer is also open to members of the cadet forces in uniform, armed forces personnel and veterans who display valid identification, such as the MOD issued Veteran's Badge.

Peter Williams, Commercial Director for South Western Railway, said: "We wanted to honour the armed forces community with this offer of free travel as many of our colleagues come from a service background.

"We are grateful for the sacrifice that so many men and women have given over the years so we can enjoy the freedoms we have today."