Valley Remembrance parades and events

Days of Remembrance begin
Days of Remembrance begin

Here are the details for some of the services and other events which will be held around the district on Remembrance Sunday, November 10, and at other points in the week.

The Hebden Bridge parade will assemble at the Town Hall at 9.45am.

The procession will make its way to the memorial gardens in New Road, Hebden Bridge, at 10am, where wreaths will be laid.

This will be followed by a service of remembrance at St James’s Church, Mytholm, Hebden Bridge at 10.45am.

In Mytholmroyd, the parade will assemble at Elphaborough Close, off Cragg Road, at 2pm.

The parade will proceed to the village’s Memorial Gardens at 2.15pm where an act of remembrance will be followed by a service at St Michael’s Church, Mytholmroyd, at 2.45pm.

Wadsworth parish takes part in the main Hebden Bridge parade but there will also be an act of remembrance at Pecket Well at 2pm, and in the morning a cross will also be placed at the parish’s Smeekin Hill memorial.

In Todmorden, the parade will form at at Stansfield Road at 10.15 am on Sunday morning.

Led by Todmorden Community Brass Band, it will make its way along Burnley Road and through Centre Vale Park to the Garden of Remembrance for the wreath-laying and the exaltations after a short service.

Darren Widdup of the Todmorden branch of the Royal British Legion, said: “Veterans old and new are welcome to take part and the volunteers who will re-enact the march the town’s 1/6th Lancashire Fusiliers made at the outbreak of the first world war next year will be taking part.

“Warburton’s Funeral Services have kindly donated use of one of their limousines which can take eight veterans to the service - anyone interested in taking a place should ring me on 07729 563643 before the weekend,” he said.

After the parade and service refreshments will be available at the United Services Club at White Hart Fold, Todmorden. Civic dignitaries attending will include senior town and Calderdale council representatives, and Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Kate Moreton-Deakin.

At Luddenden Foot, the parade will assemble at Station Road Industrial Park, Luddenden Foot, at 1.15pm, leaving at 1.30pm for a service at Holmes Park War Memorial at 1.45pm.

It is also expected other parts of the district, including Heptonstall and Blackshaw Head, will also have their own acts of remembrance.

l Sunday market traders are appealing for donations for a special stall to raise funds for the Royal British Legion.

The stall will run on Todmorden Market on Remembrance Sunday from 9am until 3.30pm and will feature items including a 100-year-old painting of a soldier.

Organisers hope people will turn out to support the Remembrance parade and also call in at the stall too.

Anybody wishing to donate items can do so by leaving them at the market office, clearly marked “Royal British Legion stall”, or by calling 01706 817710.

l At Todmorden, Sunday’s parade will be led by Company Sergeant Major James Kenworthy, who is originally from Todmorden.

l At 11am on Monday, November 11, a period of two minutes’ silence will be held and the Last Post sounded at Todmorden’s Garden of Remembrance in Centre Vale Park - people are welcome to go along and pay their respects.

l Among those laying wreaths at Todmorden on Sunday will be Martin Purdy and Ian Dawson, authors of the book The Gallipoli Oak, extracts from which were featured in this newspaper in the summer.

It tells the story of the Todmorden Territorials who fought in the Gallipoli campaign, sourced from original material including letters loaned by Todmorden families.