Friday, 5 November 2010

Remembrance tributes led by Lord Mayor

A tribute will be led by the Lord Mayor of Leeds next weekend as service men and women who lost their lives in conflict are remembered.

Lord Mayor Councillor Jim McKenna will be joined by hundreds of people as he lays a wreath at the war memorial on Sunday 14 November in Victoria Gardens.

A procession will leave Civic Hall at 10.50am and finish at Victoria Gardens where a number of wreaths will be laid, including one by the Lord Mayor on behalf of the people of Leeds to commemorate Remembrance Sunday.

Ex-service men and women plus members of ex-service organisations will form up in Cookridge Street next to the Radisson Hotel by 10.30am before marching to the Cenotaph.

The wreaths will commemorate lives lost in wars since World War One, including World War Two, the Falklands, the two Gulf Wars, and conflicts in Bosnia, Rwanda and Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.

At 11am there will be two minute's silence after which a bugler will sound the Last Post.

After the service the Lord Mayor and civic representatives will proceed to the front of the Town Hall where a salute and march past will take place.

Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Jim McKenna said:

“It is important to remember those who have lost their lives in battle. Remembrance Sunday is a time to reflect upon and remember those who have been killed in conflict since World War One and the sacrifice they made for us.“

Amongst those joining the Lord Mayor in the parade will be the Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Dr Ingrid Roscoe the Honorary Recorder Judge Peter Collier QC and the political party groups from Leeds City Council.

The Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Patrick Davey will attend a service at Tingley War Memorial Bradford Road Tingley at 2.15pm and lay a wreath.

Notes to editors
There will be various event happening across the region, organised by the British Legion and all commemorating those fallen in conflict. For details of local services contact the Royal British Legion on 0113 256 4477.

Amongst those who will be on Parade are the Royal Naval Reserve, Leeds University Officers' Training Corps, RAF Church Fenton, Leeds Sea Cadets, The Rifles, Royal Artillery and The British Red Cross.

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Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk