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Morley goes back to 1914 to commemorate World War One centenary

A replica of Tram 173, which was used to recruit for World War One, will be arriving in Morley on Saturday.

A replica of Tram 173, which was used to recruit for World War One, will be arriving in Morley on Saturday.

An outdoor market, brass bands, donkey rides, patriotic singing and traditional races - this weekend Queen Street in Morley will be transformed back to 1914 to commemorate the outbreak of World War One.

This Saturday, August 2 the town will hold its World War One Remembrance Weekend. There will be an outdoor Yorkshire market, traditional entertainment, community games, a 1914 heritage trail and the arrival of a replica World War One vehicle - a decorated recruitment tram that Leeds City Tramways produced that same year and acted as both a mobile advert to try and encourage recruits to join the war effort and also as an actual recruiting office.

During the war, the recruiting tram, Tram 173, visited Morley and would have parked near to the town hall.

It was the idea of the Diamond Jubilee Committee to bring a tram back to Morley to recreate the recruiting tram and approached Leeds Transport Historical Society who liaised with the Manchester Tramway Museum Society who kindly made one of their museum trams available for the event. The tram will be just one attraction coming to Morley on Saturday. Morley Community Archives, Morley Heritage Centre, Morley Library and the 1914 Heritage Trail will each take people back to the start of the Great War, along with a recruitment tent to ‘sign up’, West Yorkshire Archives will be at Cucina Cafe Bar holding an ancestry workshop and the Lunabug Theatre will be storytelling from their new production Pigeon.

 

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