World War 1 silhouettes coming to Wakefield district for commemoration

24/10/2018, PR8904

Wakefield city centre

Life-size figures of British soldiers are to appear as part of Wakefield Council’s plans to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1.

Four metal ‘Tommy’ silhouettes will be placed besides Wakefield’s War Memorial during the commemorations on Sunday 11 November, as a reminder of the sacrifice made by millions of people in the 1914 -1918 war.

The figures, which are six feet tall, have been created as part of a nationwide art installation called ‘There but Not There’. After the commemorations, the silhouettes will be found a permanent base in the district.

A series of events are being held to mark the 100th anniversary and to remember all those who have given their lives in war.

The district will be marking the Royal British Legion’s national two minute silence on Friday 9 November at 11am. The silence is in memory of all those who died in conflicts around the world. Mayor of the Wakefield District, Cllr Stuart Heptinstall will lead the two minute silence at the War Memorial opposite County Hall, where people are being asked to gather.

Cllr Peter Box CBE
Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council

Cllr Peter Box, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: “The 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1 is especially poignant. It is a time for us all to reflect on events in the past and to remember all those who have given their lives in the service of their country.

“I urge people to come to a remembrance event, to go and see the Tommy silhouettes and to reflect on the sacrifices so many people have made for their country, and continue to do so.”

The annual wreath laying service will take place at the War Memorial, near County Hall on Sunday 11 November at 10.55am.The Cathedral bells will ring at 12.30pm, to coincide with national commemorations when 10,000 people will be involved in The People’s Procession, marching past the Cenotaph, in London.

The annual Festival of Remembrance is at Wakefield Cathedral at 4.30pm. A peel of bells will be rung at the Cathedral from 6pm - 9pm. At 7pm people are being invited to join the Mayor in the Cathedral grounds for reflection and prayers and to see the lighting of the Wakefield beacon.

Cllr Heptinstall, Mayor of Wakefield, said: “I hope many people will come to a remembrance event to show pride, appreciation and respect for all those who have fought for their country and the freedom we enjoy today.”

Wakefield Museum will also be holding a display about the First World War, supported by a week-long schools programme from November 18. Entry is free.

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