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Bradford Armistice100: Remembrance Service

Service of Remembrance: Friday 9th November, 2018

This year is the 100th anniversary of the end of The Great War, the “war to end all wars” and to mark this significant anniversary Undercliffe Cemetery is holding a very special service. We are gathering at 9.30am ahead of the service, which starts at 10.00am with placing of crosses and the reading of the Roll of Honour.

There are 275 WWI soldiers, known and remembered at Undercliffe,  whose names will be read out. Led by The Deputy Lord Lieutenant Mr Roger Whitaker and The Deputy Lord and Lady Mayoress, Cllr and Mrs Smith.  pupils and students, from schools and colleges across Bradford, will place a cross in memory of each and every soldier.

As this  part of the service draws to a close the Hanson School Choir will sing ‘By a Monument of Marble (Marjorie Dobson) and  the Parade will then assemble by the Cross of Sacrifice for the Act of Remembrance.

Councillor The Reverend Geoff Reid, Supernumerary Methodist Minister, Bradford North Circuit will welcome everyone and offer a prayer ahead of the Two Minutes Silence at 11.00am.

Chair of  Undercliffe Cemetery Charity, Mr Allan Hillary said ” I wish to thank the staff and students representing schools and colleges, from across Bradford, who have embraced and understood the significance of the event. The support that we have  received from all sections of the community is heartening”

The event on Friday is part of three days of reflection, commemoration and remembrance which Undercliffe is proud to host. On Thursday evening our Alive! Poetry Society is exploring the poetry of War and Peace. During  the day on Saturday, we host a celebration to the end of the fighting in 1918 with a brass band, afternoon tea, bunting and a host of activities.  Volunteers from the Commonwealth War Graves Commision,  will be in attendance, offering the chance to discover your ancestor’s war record.

On Sunday 11th November at 3pm we host Words, Women and War,  written and performed by Irene Lofthouse. The tales of four very different women and their WWI experiences are brought to life by Irene, who has researched their extraordinary lives, and provides a unique perspective of the conflict.

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