Lord Mayor to lead Remembrance Sunday tributes

Picture caption: A Remembrance Sunday service will be held at the war memorial on Victoria Gardens.

The Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor David Congreve will lead the tributes on Remembrance Sunday to service men and women who have lost their lives in times of conflict.

Held on Sunday 9 November, the Lord Mayor will be joined by hundreds of people as he lays a wreath at the war memorial on 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.

Ex-service men and women plus members of ex-service organisations and current serving military organisations will form up outside Leeds City Museum by 10.30am before marching to the war memorial. Amongst those joining the Lord Mayor in the parade will be the Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Dr Ingrid Roscoe and the Leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor Keith Wakefield.

The service will be led by Canon Charles Dobbin and will include readings from different faiths as well as a reading of the John McCrae poem ‘In Flanders Field’ to commemorate the start of the First World War 100 years ago in 1914. A two minute silence will also be held at 11am after the Last Post is played.

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.

Two large screens will again be located near the War Memorial on Victoria Gardens to allow the crowds not near the front to watch the service.

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor David Congreve said:

"Remembrance Sunday is an incredibly important day, where we can remember those people who made the ultimate sacrifice during times of conflict. The service at the war memorial this Sunday on Victoria Gardens is our opportunity as a person and city, to pay our respects and to thank them.

"The sacrifice that they made for us should never be forgotten, and it is especially poignant this year as we reflect on and mark the beginning of the First World War one hundred years ago."

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk