Communities in the upper Calder Valley are ready for Remembrance Sunday services this weekend (November 8), with all welcome to come along and support the parades and events.
The Royal British Legion’s Hebden Bridge parade is the first of the day, assembling at 9.45am in St George’s Square, Hebden Bridge, processing to the Memorial Gardens at New Road at 10am, where wreaths will be laid.
The parade will them go to St James’s Church for a service of remembrance at 10.45am.
In Todmorden, the RBL parade, which will include Todmorden Community Band, will form up at Stansfield Road, Todmorden, at 10.15am and shortly after 10.30am will make its way along Burnley Road and through Centre Vale Park to the Garden of Remembrance for a service and wreath-laying at 11am.
On the parade’s return, refreshments will be available at the United Services Club in White Hart Fold.
On Remembrance Day itself, Wednesday, November 11, at 11am there will be a small ceremony at the Garden of Remembrance including the sounding of the Last Post, which people are welcome to attend and spend some time in reflection.
At Mytholmroyd, the parade will assemble at Elphaborough Close, Cragg Road, Mytholmroyd, on Sunday at 2pm and will process to the Memorial Gardens at 2.15pm, wreath laying being followed by a service of remembrance at St Michael’s Church at 2.45pm.
On Wednesday, November 11, the Hebden Bridge and District RBL will hold an act of remembrance at 11am at the Mytholmroyd memorial.
At Luddenden Foot the parade will assemble at Holmes Park War Memorial at 1.45pm on Sunday and at 2pm there will be an act of remembrance.
There will be an Act of Remembrance at the Blackshaw Head cenotaph in the chapel burial ground at 10.30 am on Sunday, when the roll-call of the fallen from the local community will be read, the two-minute silence held, and Reveille and Last Post sounded.
This will be followed, for those who wish to stay, by a service of remembrance in the chapel, including poetry readings and reflections on a theme of war and peace.
The chapel will also be open on Armistice Day itself, Wednesday, at 11 am, to keep the two-minute silence at the cenotaph and to light the peace candle in the chapel (meet at 10.55am).
Wadsworth is expected to observe remembrance events at the Smeekin Hill memorial and memorial garden near the Robin Hood at Pecket Well.