Calderdale will fall silent at 11am on Sunday in remembrance of the men, women and children who lost their lives in both world wars, as well as in more recent conflicts.
Scores of services will be held across the district as a reminder of the millions who fell - a day made all the more poignant as 2014 marks the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War.
In Halifax, a procession will assemble at the Town Hall at 10.05am, before leaving at 10.20am to congregate at the town’s cenotaph in Duffy’s Park, where a service and act of remembrance will be held at 10.45am. It will be followed by a service at the Minster, where the Mayor of Calderdale Pat Allen will be in attendance.
Pauline Dawson, poppy appeal organiser for the Halifax branch of the Royal Legion, said: “It’s wonderful that so many things are going on because it’s really important to keep the spirit alive. The Halifax branch have already raised £20,000 from the poppy appeal - it takes a lot of of hard work but it’s worth it.”
Brighouse will mark Remembrance Sunday with a service at 2.30pm at St. Martin’s Parish Church, followed by a wreath laying ceremony in Rydings Park.
Bailiff Bridge will hold their commmemoration at 10.45am in the Memorial Garden. There will be a service and wreath laying with Coun David Kirton.
A service will also take place at The Stray, Lightcliffe, at 12.15pm in Sunday, where Coun Colin Raistrick (Ind, Hipperholme and Lightcliffe) will be in attendance.
St. Matthew’s Church, Rastrick, will hold their service at 10am before a wreath laying ceremony at the Cenotaph. Coun Chris Pillai (Con, Rastrick) will be in attendance.
On Friday, children and staff from St John’s Academy, Clifton, will hold their service at the war memorial in the village.
Elland will hold a procession in remembrance of those killed in conflict - meeting at John Street at 9.30am. At 9.40am the parade will leave for the Hullen Edge War Memorial. Following the service, the procession will reform in Hullen Edge Road where the salute will be taken before proceeding to All Saints Church, Elland, for the Remembrance Service. The Deputy Mayor of Calderdale Malcolm James will be in attendance along with Deputy Mayoress Janet James.
Greetland’s service of remembrance will be held at 12.30pm at the war memorial, West Vale and will also be attended by the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Calderdale.
Hebden Bridge’s procession will assemble at the Town Hall at 9.45am, before proceeding to the Memorial Gardens on New Road at 10am. A service of remembrance will be held at St. James’ Church at 10.45am. Coun Janet Battye (Lib Dem, Calder) will be in attendance.
Illingworth and Bradshaw will hold their remembrance service at 9.45am at St. John’s Church, Bradshaw, which will be followed by a wreath laying ceremony at 11am. Coun Lisa Lambert (Lab, Illingworth and Mixenden) will attend.
Luddenden Foot will hold a parade of remembrance - assembling at Station Road Industrial Park at 1.15pm, the parade will leave at 1.30pm before arriving for a service at Holmes Park War Memorial at 1.45pm. Coun Richard Marshall (Con, Luddenden Foot) will attend.
Mytholmroyd’s procession will assemble at Elphaborough Close, Cragg Road, at 2pm before making its way to the Memoral Gardens for 2.15pm. A remembrance service at St. Michael’s Church will follow at 2.45pm and will be attended by Coun Simon Young.
A service will be held at St. Matthew’s Church, Northowram, at 10.30am followed by a wreath laying ceremony within the church at 11am. Coun Howard Blagbrough (Con, Brighouse) will attend.
Those wanting to mark Remembrance Service in Ovenden are asked to meet at St. George’s Church Hall, Lee Mount. A service and wreath laying ceremony will be held in the church, where Coun Bryan Smith (Lab, Ovenden) will be in attendance.
Rishworth, Ripponden and Barkisland will mark the day with a number of services. A service at Rishworth war memorial will begin at 9.15am, before proceeding to Ripponden war memorial for a service of remembrance. The procession will then head to St. Bartholmew’s Church for a service at 10.30am. At 12 noon, the procession will then assemble outside the church gates at Christ Church, Barkisland, before proceeding to the War Memorial at Saddleworth Road. A service of remembrance will be held at Barkisland war memorial at 12.15pm. Coun Geraldine Carter (Con, Ryburn) will attend.
Shelf’s parade of remembrance will assemble at Shelf Health Centre on Shelf Moor Road, before making its way to the Memorial Gardens where there will be a short service and wreath laying at 10.45am. There will then be a service at St. Michael’s Church. Coun Bob Peter Caffrey (Con, Northowram and Shelf) will be in attendance.
Siddal’s remembrance commemorations will take place at St. Mark’s Church from 10.30am. A service of remembrance will commence at 10.45am, and a wreath laying ceremony will follow at the war memorial and will be attended by Coun Megan Swift.
In Southowram, a service and wreath laying
ceremony will be held at the war memorial at Pinnar Lane at 11am. Coun Bob Metcalfe (Lab, Town) will be in attendance.
The Sowerby Bridge remembrance parade will assemble at Bairstow Mount at 10.15am, before leaving at 10.40am for a service at the Memorial Gates, Crow Wood Park at 11am. Coun David Draycott (Lab, Sowerby Bridge) will be in attendance. There will be a service of remembrance at the war memorial in Stainland at 2.50pm. The service will be attended by the Mayor of Calderdale Pat Allen and her consort Robert Weeks.
Todmorden’s parade will assemble in Stansfield Road at 10.15am before a parade to the Remembrance Gardens for a service and wreath laying at 11am which will be attended by Coun Jayne Booth (Lab, Todmorden).
In Queensbury, a parade will assemble at the Scout HQ at Albert Crescent from 10.30am. The parade will then make its way to the cenotaph at 10.45am, before the wreath laying ceremony at 10.55am. The parade will then leave at 11.10am to go to Holy Trinity Church for the Service of Remembrance.
Lister Lane Cemetery will also be open on Remembrance Day between 10.30am and 3.30pm. The Friends of the Cemetery will be on duty, and the Great War memorials will be marked with poppy crosses. Informal conducted tours will be offered.
On Tuesday November 11, a talk at the Central Library, Halifax, will give an insight into life in Calderdale during the First World War.
The talk will be delivered by Graeme Garvey whose grandfather - Joseph Garvey - was a soldier and prisoner of war during the Great War. The talk is free of charge and will take place in meeting room 1 at the Central Library, Northgate between 12.30-1.30pm.
Booking is advised - ring 01422 392631 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
War memorials across the borough have been restored in time for Remembrance Sunday. Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Cllr Marcus Thompson, said: “We are proud to be undertaking the hard work to care for Calderdale’s war memorials and ensure they look their best. “This reflects their significant importance, particularly at this time of year and in the centenary of the start of WW1.
“Memorials play an important and valued role in remembering those who sacrificed their lives in war. This year we have been involved in a restoration project with the War Memorials Trust. Since the project began 21 memorials have been restored, many of which will be the focus of Remembrance Services on Sunday November 9.”