Festival at cathedral to remember war victims

THE annual Festival of Remembrance will be held in Wakefield Cathedral later this month.

The service on Friday, November 12, organised by Wakefield Council in conjunction with the Royal British Legion, will include an act of remembrance and community singing of traditional wartime tunes.

Yesterday the Mayor of Wakefield, Coun Tony Wallis, said: "This is an important time of year when we come together to remember those who have made huge sacrifices for their country and those who continue to do so.

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"I am proud to take part in the ceremony and hope that as many people as possible attend."

Music will be provided by Wakefield Metropolitan Brass Band while there were will also be poetry readings and singing, led by Crigglestone Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society.

The mayor, council leader Peter Box, civic dignitaries from across West Yorkshire, local British Legion branches and the public will unite at the service which will remember the conflicts and sacrifices endured by men and women during the past one hundred years.

The event is free and begins at 7pm. Everyone is welcome, with members of the public asked to be in their seats no later than 6.45pm.

The mayor, together with members of the British Legion and other local organisations, will be planting poppy crosses outside the cathedral in a service starting at 10.50am on Saturday, November 13.

The Remembrance Day service and parade will take place on Sunday, November 14. The parade will leave the cathedral at 10.30am for the war memorial opposite County Hall. Anyone wishing to take part should be at the cathedral for 10.20am.

There will be a ceremony, two-minute silence and wreath-


The council will be represented by people including the mayor, council leader and chief executive Joanne Roney. Representatives of the British Legion, police and other local organisations will also be attending.