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Bradford Remembers – The Centenary Of The First World War
Remembrance Day Bradford City Hall projection
Events are taking place across the Bradford district to mark the centenary of The Armistice which brought to an end the First World War.

The clock tower of Bradford City Hall will be illuminated with a projection featuring servicemen from the length and breadth of the Commonwealth who fought in the First World War. The display, entitled Poppies, will be projected from dusk until 10pm on Saturday 10 and Remembrance Sunday 11 November.

This poignant piece of art will commemorate and honour those who sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom as well as ancillaries who volunteered to serve - and even some of the animals which worked alongside the fighting forces.

Framed by falling poppies, the images include some of the soldiers of the 16th and 18th battalions of the West Yorkshire Regiment, the Bradford Pals.

The projection, funded by Bradford Council, was created by Bradford artist Steve Manthorp working with Lumen and with the kind support of CrucialFX.

Bingley WI knitted and crocheted poppies
To mark the centenary Bradford Council has also constructed 'Poppies in the Park'. Poppies have been installed in the trees and lighting columns in City Park lining the Remembrance Day parade route from City Hall to the cenotaph. All Council vehicles have also been decorated with poppies.

Cliffe Castle Museum has been commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War with special exhibits which have been running since the summer. Keighley's War celebrates this important event and commemorates the contribution of those in the district whose lives were changed by world events. Visitors will be able to see everything from photos and medals to artworks and toys.

Meanwhile, the museum will also showcase the art of Percy Smith in a special display called War and Peace. Smith, an artist from in Dulwich, South London served on the Western Front and produced many memorable sketches of his war experiences. Interested in the works of Emily Brontë, he made several visits to Haworth after the war.

Bradford Industrial Museum will host a free poppy making workshop on Saturday 3 November. Families can drop in between 11am and 3pm.

The council's Neighbourhoods Service have been working with the Bradford World War I Society and local schools to create beautiful bookmarks on the theme of shared remembrance, to commemorate the contribution made by people from the sub-continent and the Caribbean. There is a free exhibition at the Bradford Mechanics Institute until the 10 November.

Bradford Cathedral will be joining in a nationwide initiative marking the centenary called Battle's Over: A Nation's Tribute on the morning of 11 November. At 6am one thousand individual pipers across the United Kingdom and countries around the world commence the day’s commemorations with the traditional Scottish lament played at the end of battle – Battle’s O’er. This will be played from the top of the steps at the Cathedral outside the great West Door.

Other events at the Cathedral include There but not there, a sculptural installation being displayed at the Cathedral from 1-16 November. The sculpture will be installed in the Sanctuary of the Cathedral, its starkness and simplicity offering visitors the opportunity to contemplate, pray and give thanks.

The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Coun Zafir Ali will be attending Bradford’s annual Festival of Remembrance at Bradford Cathedral on Sunday 4 November at 5pm. The Festival of Remembrance will also feature the City of Bradford Brass Band as well as the Military WAGS Choir.

Undercliffe Cemetery will host its own special remembrance events, including a Service of Remembrance on 9 November. From 9.30am to 11.45am pupils and students from schools and colleges across Bradford will place a cross in memory each of the 275 First World War soldiers known and remembered at the cemetery. Every soldier’s name will be read out as part of the ceremony, led by The Deputy Lord Lieutenant Mr Roger Whitaker and The Deputy Lord and Lady Mayoress, Cllr and Mrs Smith.

On 11 November, from 3pm to 5pm, Irene Lofthouse will bring her one-woman show Words, Women and War - The Forgotten Female Voices of the Great War to the Lodge at Undercliffe Cemetery bringing to life the stories of four Yorkshire women’s contributions to The Great War.

Harden Parish Council will be launching an online archive to celebrate the centenary. In the run up to the centenary of the start of the First World War in 2014, Coun Kay Kirkham completed a research project and prepared an exhibition on Harden in the Great War. This has now been digitised and is available for all to view.

Harden Parish Council also recently commissioned the restoration of the war memorial in Harden. The special brass plaque has a QR code linking to a website with information about the memorial and online archive.

Bingley Women’s Institute has created Bingley’s ‘Wave of Remembrance’ from 1,568 knitted and crocheted poppies, one for each day that the First World War lasted. The display will be outside Bingley Pool until 30 November and people can purchase knitted poppies on pins from the Bingley Pool reception.

Coun Joanne Dodds, Bradford Council’s Armed Forces Champion, said: “These events, across the whole of the Bradford district, marking the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War are a wonderful tribute to the memory of all those who lost their lives during the conflict as well as continuing to honour those who serve and the families of those affected by war. The work that has gone in to creating these beautiful tributes is truly remarkable and is a testament to the high regard that the people of Bradford have for our armed forces.”

To find out more about the Poppy Appeal, including how to donate, visit www.britishlegion.org.uk

Bradford Remembers – The Centenary Of The First World War, 3rd November 2018, 11:22 AM