The town's great and good came out to celebrate the unveiling of a war memorial.

Led by the Rector of the Abbey Church, Waltham Abbey, the Rev'd Peter Smith, a service was held at Farm Hill Road to mark the end of works to the war memorial.

As well as the laying of new paving stones, the memorial had been jet washed and re-pointed.

It also features a new plaque which indicates the site of the one-time war memorial hospital and a floral bed with the words '100' written in flowers, to mark the centenary of the end of WWI.

Among those attending were Waltham Abbey Town Mayor councillor Jeanne Lea, Cllr Eddie Johnson, Vice-Chairman of Essex County Council, town and district councillors and representatives from the local branch of the Royal British Legion.

Cllr Lea said: "Waltham Abbey Town Council is delighted with the work which has been carried out on the war memorial, and it is fitting that this facelift coincides with the 100-year centenary of the end of the First World War.

"The new plaque highlighting our former war memorial hospital is a lovely feature and helps ensure that the hospital, which was built thanks to public subscription, and its place in the history of our local community will be remembered for decades to come."