Morley recalls 1914 at WW1 centenary event

Dennis Marshall and Christine Hirst
Dennis Marshall and Christine Hirst
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visitors to Morley stepped back in time this weekend as the town marked the centenary of the start of the First World War.

People filled the streets in dress from the era, while a replica tram – similar to the one which visited Morley with Leeds PALS as part of the recruitment process in 1914 – was in Queen Street.

There was also a Recruitment Tent at the festival, which aimed to explain the impact of the war on the town and its people, including those who gave their lives for their country.

It also provided a look at the changing role of women during WW1 and the impact of the Great War on lives today.

Other wartime vehicles were also on show while more information about the war was available at the Morley Heritage Centre’s 1914 exhibition.

For family history buffs, West Yorkshire Archives ran workshops helping people trace their ancestry and Morley Community Archives painted a picture of life in the town 100 years ago.

Entertainment came from Lunabug Theatre, with a preview of their specially commissioned production Pigeon, which is about the role of animals in service during the War.

There was also music from Tingley Brass Band and Salvation Army Band and patriotic songs were performed by Jamie-Leigh Fish, Andrea Jenkyns and Churwell Community Choir.

Saturday’s festival was part of a three-day community event marking the centenary which continued yesterday with a parade, followed by a service at Scatcherd Park.

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