Town gets ready to commemorate fallen soldiers

Child choristers at Halifax Minster rehearse ahead of the church's World War One Commemoration event

Child choristers at Halifax Minster rehearse ahead of the church's World War One Commemoration event

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Commemoration plans are underway in Halifax as preparations are being made to mark the centenary of World War One.

Ceremonies will take place throughout Calderdale on Remembrance Sunday, November 9.

Calderdale Council has undertaken a restoration project with the War Memorials Trust - maintaining all 28 Calderdale memorials in tribute to the soldiers who lost their lives fighting for their country.

Halifax’s Remembrance Sunday Parade - in which Yorkshire Regiment and Royal British Legion soldiers will be joined by soldiers from Halifax’s twin town of Aachen, Germany, - will march from theTown Hall, at 10.20am, to Duffy Park cenotaph at Halifax Minster, followed by a church service at 10.30am.

Bankfield Museum, Boothtown, is hosting a ‘For King and Country’ war exhibition and on November 8, 200 scouts, clubs and beavers will visit the museum.

On the evening of November 8, Halifax Minster choristers, pictured, will sing in a WWI Commemoration Event, at 7.30pm.

Leader of the council councillor Stephen Baines said: “Remembrance Sunday is all about remembering those who have died during conflicts and those still serving today.

“It is a time when we can all reflect on the sacrifices of war.

“The day is really valued by communities, and a lot of council services work hard to support the commemorations, working with partners to make sure the day goes as smoothly as possible.”

Preparations for Remembrance Sunday began in August with the Civic Office planning commemorations and more than 20 services, to be attended by councillors, across the borough.