Morley ready for WW1 festival

The Morley WW1 Focus Group handed over a memorial to be displayed in the market for the centenary commemorations.

The Morley WW1 Focus Group handed over a memorial to be displayed in the market for the centenary commemorations.

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A community mural commemorating the start of World War One has kick-started the remembrance programme leading up to the festival next month.

The mural, contributed by children and residents during the Yorkshire Day Festival last year, will now find a permanent home in Morley Market as the town gets nearer to participating in the nation’s commemorative events.

Last year a focus group was formed in Morley to develop ideas and events to commemorate the start of the First World War.

Morley WW1 is a series of community activities looking at local life during the onset of the Great War and a remembrance of those men who lost their lives and the families they left behind.

Funded by the Then and Now Programme with the Heritage Lottery Fund, over the weekend of August 2-3, Morley town centre and along Queen Street will be transformed into 1914 with an array of learning opportunities from ancestry workshops with West Yorkshire Archives, local photographs and information from the Morley Community Archives, film footage and artefacts on exhibition at Morley Heritage Centre.

Tram 173 is travelling across the Pennines from Heaton Tramway Manchester and will be decorated to look exactly like the tram brought to Morley in 1914 by Leeds PALS as part of the recruitment process.

The group is also working with Lunabug Theatre who have been commissioned to show their production of Pigeon, a special play about Cher Amie and its bravery and courage delivering messages during the war.

The production takes place at Morley Town Hall on Wednesday September 17 at 4pm and tickets are available from Morley Library at £3 each.

Visitors will be able to see the recruitment tent and pay a visit to Lord Kitchener to sign up to the war as we ll as visit a model railway exhibition of France in 1916.

With a Yorkshire market, Punch and Judy shows, donkey rides and full entertainment programme throughout the day, Morley will certainly be paying its respects along with the rest of the nation.

On Sunday August 3, commemorations will continue with a parade leaving Morley Town Hall at 10.30am followed by a service of remembrance in Scatcherd Park with a series of hymns and readings.

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