Dozens of people packed into a central Watford church this morning to pay their respects to those who fought in the Great War.

Tomorrow is the centenary of the declaration of World War One. To commemorate the anniversary, St Mary’s Church, in Church Street, held a special service today.

Ex-servicemen, politicians and dignitaries joined the church procession at 10.30am.

Reverend Tony Rindl led the service, which included readings from Maurice Saunders, president of the Croxley Green British Legion, Dorothy Thornhill, the town’s elected mayor, and Richard Harrington, Watford’s MP.

Two dramatic productions also depicted Britain entering the war, with scenes acted out from the House of Commons and inside the Foreign Office on August 3 – the day before the declaration of war.

The service ended at midday, with Reverend Rindl leaving the congregation with the message that to do nothing is often the worst choice of all.