District pays its respects to fallen

District pays its respects to fallen

CHILDREN joined military veterans at one of Dewsbury’s traditional remembrance services on Wednesday.

They stood side by side in the Garden of Remembrance on Longcauseway at a service conducted by Rev Elizabeth Lee.

Children and staff from St Paulinus Catholic Primary School in Dewsbury attended the 11am dedication. Youngsters, veterans and surviving family members planted crosses. Mayor of Kirklees Coun Christine Iredale also attended.

Remembrance Day parades and services will be taking place across North Kirklees on Saturday and Sunday. 

Organisers in Mirfield, which is believed to have the largest parade in the UK outside of Whitehall, are again expecting a large turnout.

One man, John Hemingway, is set to lay two crosses on the war memorial in Ings Grove Park after travelling from France to honour his relatives 100 years after their deaths. Mr Hemingway is a descendant of Mirfield brothers Arthur and George Loader, who were both killed in the Battle of Arras in May 1917.


Official Kirklees remembrance services 

Sunday, November 12

Batley: Procession assembles in Market Place at 10.15am for march-off at 10.35 to War Memorial Gardens for service at 10.55am.

After service, procession will re-form in Cambridge Street and return to the Town Hall where refreshments will be served.


Birstall: Assemble at 1.45pm on Carr Street/Market Street corner, for march-off at 2pm for service at St Peter’s Church at 2.20pm, where wreaths will be laid at war memorial at approximately 3pm. Following service procession will not re-form.


Cleckheaton: Assemble adjacent to the Town Hall at 2.15pm. Parade will march off at 2.30pm to Memorial Park to lay wreaths. 

Parade will then march to St John’s Church for service at 3pm.


Dewsbury: Procession assembles at Town Hall at 10am for march off at 10.10am to Minster for service at 10.30am. Following service procession will re-form and at approximately 11.45am parade to Crow Nest Park for service and wreath-laying at War Memorial at approximately 12.45pm.


Heckmondwike: Meet at 11.45am at the War Memorial in Green Park for service at 12noon.


Mirfield: Assemble at 1.30pm in Lowlands Road for march-off at 2pm via Station Road and Huddersfield Road for service and wreath-laying at War Memorial in Ings Grove Park. Following the service procession will return to Lowlands Road for dismissal. 

Tea and coffee will be served at the fire station, refreshments at Mirfield Constitutional Club on St Paul’s Road and free hot food at The Old Colonial on Dunbottle Lane.


Additional public services:

Dewsbury, Saturday November 11: Gather on Longcauseway at 10.50am for a brief service at 11am.


Cleckheaton, Saturday November 11: Service at Memorial Park at 11am.


Mirfield, Saturday November 11: 10.30am gather for a short service at Ings Grove Park at 10.45am.


East Bierley & Birkenshaw, Sunday November 12: A short dedication of Birkenshaw War Memorial in St Paul’s Church at 9.30am. Thereafter the parade musters in front of the Community Hall for march-off at 10.10am through Birkenshaw on Bradford Road to the Cenotaph on South View Road, East Bierley. Act of Remembrance at Cenotaph begins at 10.40am.

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