Services of Remembrance - city will fall silent

Volunteers at Wakefield Cathedral are attaching hundreds of handcrafted poppies they've received onto hessian to create a field of poppies to flow down the cathedral steps in time for Remembrance Day.
Volunteers at Wakefield Cathedral are attaching hundreds of handcrafted poppies they've received onto hessian to create a field of poppies to flow down the cathedral steps in time for Remembrance Day.

People will be able to pay their respects to service men and women and those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country at a number of events during the next week.

Wakefield Council’s annual Festival of Remembrance will took place at Wakefield Cathedral on Friday.

The cathedral is also installing a field of poppies down its Kirkgate steps inspired by the memorial at the Tower of London earlier this year.

Staff at the cathedral have received hundreds of knitted poppies which volunteers have stitched onto hessian to create the display.

The field of poppies will go on display as part of a remembrance service at the cathedral at 11am on Wednesday, November 11.

Tracey Yates, cathedral community learning manager, said: “We’d like to say a massive thanks to everyone who has helped with our Poppy Project. Since we started our appeal we have received almost two bin bags full of knitted poppies.”

The district will also fall silent on Sunday as a tribute to war veterans and those who never made it home.

There will be a parade and service in Wakefield city centre.

The parade will leave Wakefield Cathedral at around 10.30am and march to the war memorial on Bond Street before a wreath laying service and two minutes’ silence at 11am.

Two minutes’ silence will also be held at the memorial in Normanton’s Haw Hill Park at 11am.

There will also be a service at St Peter’s and St Leonard’s Church, Church Street, Horbury from 10am.

It will be followed by two minutes’ silence at the town’s war memorial at 11am.

A service will also be held at Holy Trinity Church, Church Street, Ossett, from 2.30pm.

There will then be a wreath laying service at Ossett War Memorial afterwards.

Visitors who want to see the Tower of London’s touring ceramic poppy display at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park will have to book ahead for Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day.

Special events are being organised on Sunday and Wednesday at 11am, and all-day tickets will cost £5.

For more information or to book tickets visit www.ysp.co.uk/remember or call 01924 832646.