Thousands attended the ceremony (Picture: PA).
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National Memorial Arboretum Sees Record Yearly Visitor Numbers

More than 342,000 people visited the 150-acre landscaped grounds in the past year.

Thousands attended the ceremony (Picture: PA).

Crowds at the National Memorial Arboretum for last November's Remembrance Sunday event (Picture: PA).

A record-breaking number of visitors went to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire last year.

More than 342,000 people visited the 150-acre landscaped grounds in the past 12 months.

Events such as services to mark the centenary of the First World War, and the 50th anniversary of the start of Operation Banner in Northern Ireland, helped to attract the large numbers.

In the coming year, the Arboretum will host events to mark 75 years since Victory in Europe (VE) and Victory over Japan (VJ) Day.

Armed Forces Memorial wide shot at National Memorial Arboretum

Managing Director, Phillipa Rawlinson, says her vision is to make it a year-round centre of remembrance:

"That might be a programme of activities and events that wrap around the key remembrance moments in the year, like Armistice and Remembrance Sunday."

Last November, thousands of people visited the National Memorial Arboretum on Remembrance Sunday.

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