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Morley to remember WW1 heroes

A service of remembrance will take place in Morley to mark the outbreak of World War One.

A service of remembrance will take place in Morley to mark the outbreak of World War One.

 

The courage of Morley’s WWI heroes will be remembered with a parade and special service to mark the conflict’s centenary.

The procession will form outside Morley Town Hall at 10.30am before making their way to the war memorial at Scatcherd Park on Sunday, August 3.

Different from the annual service of remembrance, this will include a drumhead service, in which the instruments are assembled to create a make-shift altar, as they were in the battlefields.

The parade will be led by re-enactors in period uniform, one of whom will be on horseback.

The Salvation Army Band will also assist the parade and lead the community in singing songs such as I Vow To Thee My Country. Bible readings and prayers will also be read out.

Wreaths will be placed on behalf of the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and Town Mayor of Morley. Other wreaths may be placed after the service.

The congregation is asked to gather at the base of the war memorial’s steps before the drumhead service which will be led by Rev Mike Godfrey

The service is intended to not just commemorate those killed in action, but those who died through disease, the injured and the families which suffered at home.

The conflict began on August 4, and claimed the lives ofmore than 16 million people from more than 100 countries.

A further Festival of Remembrance will take place at Morley Town Hall on November 7.

 

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