CROWDS will gather across the district this weekend to honour brave soldiers who lost their lives in war.
Veterans, schoolchildren, community groups and public figures will attend remembrance ceremonies on Armistice Day, Friday November 11, and Remembrance Sunday, November 13.
Ackworth and Pontefract Royal British Legion will lead a remembrance parade on Sunday at 10.45am from Pontefract Town Hall to the war memorial on Beastfair, where wreaths will be laid, before a service at St Giles’ Church.
Brian Berry, Ackworth and Pontefract Royal British Legion branch secretary, said: “The main aim of the day is to honour the fallen in various ways and remember the sacrifice made by these men and woman who died in conflict.
“Part of our aim is to involve young people as much as possible so the remembrance idea gets carried on through the ages, we always get a good response from young people.”
Castleford’s Royal British Legion will hold an Armistice Day ceremony on Friday at 11am at the town’s war memorial on Powell Street and there will be a parade on Sunday at 10.45am from the war memorial to Castleford Parish Church, where a remembrance service will take place.
On Friday there will be services at Ackworth war memorial, Wakefield Road, at 10.45am and at Featherstone war memorial gardens at 11am.
In Featherstone on Sunday there will be a parade from the Featherstone Hotel, Station Lane, at 10.45am, to the war memorial gardens where a service will take place at 11am. The parade will then march to the St Thomas’ Road war memorial for a service at 11.30am.
In Knottingley there will be a service at the cenotaph, on Chapel Street, at 10.45am on Sunday.
A parade will leave Chapel Lane in Kippax at 11.45am on Sunday for a service at the war memorial on Longdyke Lane, followed by refreshments at the Ex-Servicemen’s Club.
A short ceremony at Streethouse cenotaph takes place at 11am on Sunday, followed by a service at Streethouse Methodist Chapel.
Allerton Bywater services will be held on Sunday at St Mary’s Church, on Station Road, at 10.45am and at the war memorial, on Preston Lane, at 2pm.