A mass parade through Leeds city centre will mark the suffering of those from our region who were involved in the First World War tomorrow.
Around 800 members of the armed forces will march from Millennium Square at 10.40am, where they will be met by dignitaries including the Lord Lieutenant for West Yorkshire Dr Ingrid Roscoe, before heading to Leeds Minster.
A commemoration service led by the Rev Canon Tony Bundock will then follow at 1pm, as the city begins its events to mark 100 years since the outbreak of the Great War on August 4 1914.
To conclude the ceremony the 4th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment and their Leeds comrades will take part in a special parade in memory of the 1918 Battle of Bligny from around 2.10pm.
Coun Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council, said: “It is extremely important that as part of the centenary commemorations marking the start of the First World War in 1914, we reflect on all aspects of the conflict and remember those people who fought from both our city and the region.
“This occasion is one of the ways that as a city we are commemorating this poignant event, which will feature one of the largest parades Leeds has ever seen.”
The parade will mean the closure of Millennium Square, Calverley Street, The Headrow, Vicar Lane, Briggate and Kirkgate to traffic tomorrow from 12noon to 1pm, while parking in several city centre bays will be limited from tonight at 6pm to 1pm tomorrow. High Court Lane and westbound feeder lanes to Kirkgate will also close to traffic tomorrow from 11.30am to 3pm for safety reasons.
Brigadier Charlie Herbert, commander of 4th Mechanised Brigade at Catterick, said: “It is only fitting that the Armed Forces past and present and their affiliated organisations remember those soldiers that fell and pay their respects.”
Several wounded veterans as well as 14 Elizabeth Cross recipients will attend the Leeds Minster service alongside regional dignitaries.
ROAD AND PARKING RESTRICTIONS DURING PARADE
The roads specified below will be closed in sequence between 12noon and 1pm on Saturday July 26 for the First World War Centenary Commemoration Military Parade.
The parade will be controlled by a rolling road closure. The police will be in attendance and limited access for residents and access for emergency vehicles will be maintained.
The parade will assemble in Millennium Square and proceed via a route comprising of Millennium Square, Calverley Street, The Headrow, Vicar Lane, Briggate, Kirkgate terminating at Leeds Minster.
The use of all parking bays located on Portland Crescent, Portland Gate, Percival Street, Rossington Street, Cookridge Street (north of Millennium Square), Kirkgate and Maude Street Car Park will be suspended from 6pm on the preceding evening until 1pm also including the loading bay on Calverley Street which will be suspended from 9pm until 1pm on the day of the parade.
For safety reasons, both High Court Lane and the westbound feeder lanes to Kirkgate will also be closed to vehicular traffic from 11.30am until 3pm on the day of the parade.