World War 1 silhouettes coming to Wakefield district for commemoration
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, 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
“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.