Residents across the Harrogate district will pay their respects to the country’s fallen heroes at a series of special services and events to mark Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day.
Communities will join forces to show that they have not forgotten the sacrifices made by those who went off to war to fight for freedom, and the many who never returned.
In Harrogate a Remembrance Day service will take place on Sunday at St Wilfrid’s Church at 10am, with a two minutes silence to be observed at 11am.
The town’s annual service of remembrance and wreath laying will take place at the war memorial at 10.30am.
This will be followed by a service, organised by the Rotary Club of Harrogate Brigantes, at the Commonwealth War Graves at Stonefall Cemetery at 1pm. Both will be attended by military representatives and civic dignitaries, including the Mayor and Mayoress of Harrogate.
At 3pm Harrogate Quaker Meeting will be laying a wreath of white poppies at the war memorial as part of a short ceremony.
In Knaresborough there will be one final push this week by members of the town’s branch of the Royal British Legion and their helpers, towards raising money for this year’s Poppy Appeal. The Knaresborough Poppy Appeal receives tremendous support from helpers and the general public and raised more than £20,000 last year.
On Sunday the town’s Remembrance Service will take place at St John’s Church, starting at 9.30 am. A parade from station road Knaresborough will then follow at 10.40am via the High Street and Market Place to the Castle Grounds Memorial for a short service at 10.57 am, which precedes the two minute silence at 11am.
On Armistice Day, next Wednesday, November 11, all members of the public are invited to share two minutes silence by the War Memorial at the Castle grounds.
In Ripon the opening of the Garden of Remembrance and launch of the Poppy Appeal took place last Saturday.
The Ripon Royal British Legion branch, the city’s Mayor, the cathedral clergy and various standards conducted the ceremony opposite to the cathedral for the laying of personal crosses in the lead up to Remembrance Sunday.
The legion, along with the Ripon Poppy Appeal organiser and other supporters, then successfully ran two stalls in the market place in support of the appeal. The day was a huge success and will be replicated on Saturday between 10am and 4pm.
The Ripon Remembrance Sunday Wreath Laying Ceremony and Parade will take place at the Spa Garden. It will be attended by local dignitaries, along with clergy from Ripon Cathedral, officers and ranks of 21 Royal Engineers Regiment, service veterans and standards, civic associations and youth groups, with the event being supported by Ripon City Band. The ceremony will start at 10.45am, however the crowd will start gathering around 10am.
Following the service the dignitaries will make their way to the market place to take a salute from 21 RE Regiment, Ripon City Band, the standards, veterans and youth associations who will march through the city to Ripon Cathedral for the annual service of remembrance.
All veterans are encouraged to muster in Blossomgate immediately following the Spa Gardens ceremony to join the ex-services parade, as numbers over the years have dwindled due to the passing of some members, and with age and infirmity.
At Masham Methodist Church there will be a united remembrance service at 10.30am, beginning with the presentation of wreaths at the cenotaph.
In Boroughbridge the town’s branch of the Royal British Legion’s Remembrance Sunday Service is being held at St James’ Church at 9.45am, with the Act of Remembrance and wreath laying at Hall Square at 10.45am.
In Pateley Bridge there will be Remembrance Sunday service, parade and eucharist at St Cuthbert’s Church at 10.30am.
At 6.30pm the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance will take place at St Mary’s Church, Greenhow, at 6.30pm.
The Nidderdale branch of the Royal British Legion will be holding their Remembrance Parade and wreath laying on Armistice Day, next Wednesday, and they invite parishioners and visitors to join them in commemorating the fallen. Those attending the service should be in the park by 10.40am to enable the school children and Burma Platoon, from the Army Foundation College, to assemble. Members of the Royal British Legion and other dignitaries and wreath layers, will also attend along with the clergy from The Church in the Dale. The Rev Darryl Hall will be welcomed for the first time as the branch chaplain at the service.
The Deputy Lord Lieutenant Dr Jonathan Wild will lay a wreath at the war memorial as a representative of the Queen.
In Wetherby a new event is being held to support the town’s Poppy Appeal. An informal forces-themed singalong evening will take place at the Bay Horse, in Kirk Deighton, tomorrow evening. All the old forces favourites will be sung, backed by the Wetherby U3A Ukulele Band, and there will be a forces quiz, however the main purpose of the event is to get together and remember old comrades. Tickets are £10 each to include supper, available from David Dawson, from the Royal British Legion, on 01937 589016. Or email email@example.com.
On Saturday there will be a remembrance service at Linton Village Hall at noon.
There will also be a Remembrance Concert, with a special tribute to the fallen, at the Riley Smith Hall, in Tadcaster, at 7.30pm.
On Remembrance Sunday the annual parade will take place in Wetherby. There will be a briefing in the Town Hall at 10am for wreath bearers. Those attending the service will then march in a procession to the memorial on the bridge at around 10.40am.
There will be a community service at St Mary’s, in Boston Spa, at 10am, which will be attended by Scouts, Cubs, Beavers, Guides and Brownies. A Remembrance Walk to the war memorial will start at 10.40am, with an Act of Remembrance at 10.55am.
Remembrance services in Bardsey will take place at St Mary Magdalene at 9.15am and All Hallows at 10.30am.
A service will take place at All Saints Church in Bramham at 9.45am and the war memorial at 11am.
The Clifford Remembrance Service takes place at the war memorial at 10.50am.
In Collingham there will be a service at the village memorial hall at 10.15am.
In East Keswick a service will take place at the war memorial at noon.
Church services will also take place at 10am at St Mary’s Church, Tadcaster, and St Mary’s Church, Church Fenton, and at 11am at St John’s Church, Kirkby Wharfe.
The Tadcaster Remembrance Sunday parade will start 9.15am at the central car park and end with a service at St Mary’s.
On Armistice Day, next Wednesday, there will be a Remembrance Concert at Tadcaster Methodist Church at 7.30pm. For further information call Richard on 07842 164034.
A charity worker from Ripon has worked 12 hours straight after she was inspired to help raise funds for the Royal British Legion for another year.
In recent years Annette Wilson has helped raise £35,000 for the charity by selling her handmade crotched poppies around the city.
A big commitment, Annette was going to have a year off, but after seeing a programme on rehabilitating and re-housing ex-military personnel, she was compelled to help.
Ms Wilson said: “I watched the DIY SOS programme and I thought I couldn’t forgive myself if I don’t do them again. I spent 12 solid hours this weekend making over 500 poppies.
“Even if it’s only a few thousand pounds I make, it all makes a difference.”
After working closely with the Royal British Legion for the last four years, all the proceeds from Annette charitable crocheting go towards ex-military rehabilitation centres.
The poppies range in price from £3 to £7 and can be found at TJ’s hair salon, love Boutique, Big Bites, 9 at Westgate, Baroque. Wrens. Studio 9. Specsavers, Henry James, code Red, Talking heads and Stepping Stones nursery.
Buses across the Harrogate district have been be adorned with poppies to commemorate the fallen ahead of Remembrance Sunday.
Transdev has put a large poppy on the front of 160 of its vehicles across Yorkshire and Lancashire in support of the Poppy Appeal.
It is the first time the Harrogate bus firm has placed poppies on the front of its fleet in partnership with the Royal British Legion.
After the success of Armed Forces Day, the operator will also offer free travel to veterans and current service personnel wearing their uniform or medals on both Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day on Wednesday.
Alex Hornby, chief executive at Transdev, said: “Poppies are a visible reminder of the sacrifices made by those who gave their lives through war and we wanted to show our support to this year’s Poppy Appeal and commemorate the fallen.
“Thousands of people catch our buses every week and we hope by fitting poppies to each of our vehicles we are supporting our customers and our teams in their remembrance.
“It is very important for us to support the Royal British Legion and we are pleased to have made gesture. We’ve had a tremendous reception from the public and we want to make fitting poppies on our buses a new annual tradition.’’
This year, Transdev has made a total donation of £1,600 to the Royal British Legion and the proceeds will support its welfare
work, providing through-life care to anyone who currently serves in the British Armed Forces, who has previously served, and their families.