Lord Mayor to lead Remembrance Sunday tributes in Leeds: War Memorial

05 Nov 2021

Lord Mayor to lead Remembrance Sunday tributes in Leeds

Members of all communities across Leeds are warmly invited to join the Lord Mayor on Victoria Gardens to mark Remembrance Sunday.

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

Held on Sunday 14 November, the people of Leeds are once again invited to join the Lords Mayor as he lays a wreath at the war memorial on Victoria Gardens on behalf of the people of Leeds.

 A procession will leave Leeds Civic Hall and head to Victoria Gardens at 10:50am where a number of wreaths will be laid.

This procession will as tradition, follow ex-service men and women plus members of ex-service organisations and current serving military organisations who will gather near to the City Museum on Rossington Street at 10.30am before marching to the war memorial.

Amongst those joining the Lord Mayor in the parade will be the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Mr Tim Hare, the Deputy Leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor Jonathan Pryor, and the Leeds Children’s Mayor Zulaykha Hussain.

Led by the Bishop of Kirkstall, Rt Reverend Paul Slater, the multi-faith service will be shown on two big screens around the war memorial to allow members of the public who are not near the front to watch the proceedings.

For those who are unable to attend this year there will also be the opportunity to watch the service via a live stream at: https://www.facebook.com/Leedscouncil/

At 11am there will be a two-minute silence which will be preceded by a bugler who will sound the Last Post.

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

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Asghar Khan said: “Remembrance Sunday is a time when the city comes together to honour the heroic efforts, achievements and sacrifices made by so many of our armed forces during times of conflict.

Last year we had to remember from our homes and mark the occasion individually, it is therefore wonderful that we are once again able to come together as a city and remember in person once again this year.”

Public Health Information

Members of the public are politely requested to take a lateral flow test before attending the remembrance event at Victoria Gardens and check for Covid-19 symptoms (a high temperature, new and persistent cough, or a loss of/change in sense of taste or smell). If you test positive or develop any Covid-19 symptoms you should self-isolate and get a free NHS test. You should also not attend the event if you are required to self-isolate, for example because you have had a positive test, or have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace.

For media enquiries contact:

Nick Jones
Leeds City Council