To mark the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War, Hebden Royd Town Council, in partnership with Pennine Horizons and Hebden Bridge Local History Society, have organised a programme of events to remember those who served and those who were left behind, and the impact of the war on the local community.
On Sunday, August, August 3, a Service of Commemoration will be held at 2pm at Hope Baptist Church, Hebden Bridge. All are welcome at the service and it is hoped that people from across the community will join together to remember those who served their country.
After the service the Hebden Bridge and District Roll of Honour will be available for viewing. For the first time in history the Roll of Honour brings together the names and stories of the 435 men who served and lost their lives in the First World War.
The commemoration continues on Monday, August 4, with an exhibition of local history relevant to the time at the Hebden Bridge Town Hall, put together by author Mike Crawford members of Hebden Bridge Local History Society. It runs until August 18.
Alongside the exhibition, a fantastic sand sculpture will be created in the courtyard of Hebden Bridge Town Hall.
Called The Letter, this will be constructed over the week from Monday, August 4, by local artist Jamie Wardley, and will stand approximately two metres high.
The sculpture will be available to view over the coming weeks.
Also on the horizon are “What’s in your Attic” on Saturday, August 9, 11am to 3pm - bring in your WWI memorabilia, to be scanned and included in the local archives, preserved for generations (all items will be returned), to the Council Chamber at Hebden Bridge Town Hall.
On Saturday, August 30 (1.30pm to 4pm), and Monday, September 1 (10am to 2pm), sees Blackshaw Remembers, an exhibition of local history, telling the stories of those who were part of the community in 1914, at Blackshaw Head Chapel.
More events are planned through September and October.