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Holderness commemorates 100 years since the end of the First World War


ACROSS Holderness communities are preparing for Remembrance Day on Sunday. Here is a taste of some of the events in our area…

REMEMBRANCE events get underway in Withernsea with a Remembrance concert at St Matthew’s Church in Hull Road tomorrow, November 9, at 7pm. The free entry event, supported by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council; will include the One Voice Choir, Swansong and music, poetry and a sing-along. Names of those killed in World War 1 are remembered on pillars in the church.

On Armistice Day itself, which is on Remembrance Sunday, at 6am pipers Chris Barker and Ian Small from the Kingstown Scottish Pipers will pipe the traditional Scottish lament ‘Battle’s Over’ in Withernsea. This will take place at the same time as 1,000 individual pipers, play the same tune across the UK.

Later, nationwide, 1,000 individual buglers will play the Last Post at 6.55pm and 1,000 beacons will be lit to symbolise peace and the end of darkness, with beacons lit in Holderness.

Bells will ring out at Roos Church, to celebrate peace, part of a ‘Ring out for peace,’ nationwide initiative. Town criers will also take part in a cry for peace and be part of an international cry for peace around the world.

In Withernsea, St Matthew’s Church on Hull Road, will host a united Remembrance Day service on Sunday, November 11, at 10am, led by Reverend Martin Faulkner. It will end at 10.45am when the congregation and representatives from the Royal British Legion and organisations will gather at the New War Memorial in the Memorial Gardens for the wreath laying ceremony at 11am. A wreath will be layed at the new civilian memorial in the Memorial Gardens to honour those who lost their lives in World War II, many during the air raids which hit the town.

Immediately after a second act of remembrance will be held at the Old War Memorial in the Italian Gardens, followed by refreshments at the Meridian Centre.

A highlight will include the laying of sea of poppies near the beacon. Up to 4,000 knitted poppies mixed with conventional Royal British Legion and velvet poppies in red and purple poppies (to remember lost animals in the First World War), will be laid out facing out to sea. The idea was mooted by the Mayor, Terry Dagnall who is delighted by the community’s support. A soldier made out of poppies will also be unveiled and in a separate project by a resident, Jim Blake, cut-out figures of soldiers are to be placed on the bank near Memorial Gardens.

And in Bilton the community has also gone above and beyond to mark the 100 years since the end of the Great War, Bilton Parish Council and the Royal British Legion Branch have jointly commissioned two ‘Tommy’ silhouettes to be purchased and sited at the War Memorial. This together with the trough of genuine Flanders poppies planted earlier this year by the parish council will form a permanent commemoration.

A spokesperson said: “We would also like to express thanks to local volunteers, Lee Sims, Steve Little, Steve Dale and local PCSO Darren Bainton, who spent time in clearing the area around the rear of the memorial in order that the statues will be able to be installed. Thanks must also be given to a local resident, who has generously agreed to pay for a fence to be installed beyond the trees to complete the vast improvement to the area.”

Bilton’s annual Service of Remembrance on Sunday will see the parade form up at 10.30am on the village hall car park. It will be inspected by a representative of the Lord Lieutenant of East Riding, led by parade marshal, Chris Milner. The parade will march to the village War memorial, where a service conducted by Mr Allan Hugman will be held, involving children from the village primary school, the local Brownies, and the Hull Scottish Pipe Band and trumpeter, Rosie Wilson, beginning at 10.55am.

All residents are welcome to attend the service, which will be followed by a buffet courtesy of the Royal British Legion Club.

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