Thousands to pay respects at Remembrance Day services in Leeds and West Yorkshire

Details of the poppy 'Wave' sculpture at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Picture by Scott Merrylees.
Details of the poppy 'Wave' sculpture at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Picture by Scott Merrylees.
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Civic leaders will join hundreds of Leeds residents to mark Remembrance Day in the city centre this weekend.

A special ceremony will take place at the war memorial in Victoria Gardens, Leeds, on Sunday as the city pays its respects to the sacrifice of those who have and are serving in the armed forces.

A traditional procession will leave Leeds Civic Hall at 10.50am and finish at the monument where a number of wreaths will be laid after former servicemen and women and people from related organisations march to the memorial at 10.30am.

The Lord Mayor of Leeds Coun Judith Chapman, who will lay a wreath at the memorial, hopes Leeds residents will come together in a collective tribute once more this weekend.

She said: “Remembrance Sunday is a time where individually and as city we can come together as one and pay our respects to those people who lost their lives during times of conflict.

“The service at the war memorial on Victoria Gardens is always a very moving and poignant occasion, and we warmly invite the public to join us as we remember and say thank you all those who made the ultimate sacrifice serving their country.”

The Lord Mayor will joined by dignitaries including the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Tim Hare and Leeds City Council leader Coun Judith Blake at the event.

A two minute silence will also be held at 11am after the Last Post is played. Led by the Right Reverend Nick Baines, Bishop of Leeds, the service, which is also set to be broadcast on two big screens around the war memorial, will also include readings from different faiths.

Elsewhere in the region, Farnley residents will be able to pay their respects at the newly restored war memorial at the junction of Lawns Lane and Chapel Lane after three plaques were cleaned and repainted.

Coun Ann Blackburn (Green, Farnley and Wortley) said: “Though we usually get a crowd of people attending the Remembrance Day Service there, I am hoping that more people will come along to the service there this Sunday to see the restoration of the memorial for themselves.”

At the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, in West Bretton, Wakefield, the ‘Wave’ arch of red ceramic poppy heads designed by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper is set to be the focus of remembrance events.

The sculpture is part of a UK-wide tour of the iconic poppy sculptures organised by 14-18 NOW to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War last year. Tickets to the park on Remembrance Day or Armistice Day must be prebooked. Visit www.ysp.co.uk.

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