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Remembrance Sunday tributes to be led in city by Lord Mayor

Tributes to service men and women who have lost their lives in times of conflict will be led by the Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Judith Chapman on Remembrance Sunday.

The people of Leeds are once again invited to join the Lord Mayor on Sunday 8 November as she lays a wreath at the war memorial on Victoria Gardens.

As is tradition, a procession will leave Leeds Civic Hall at 10.50am and finish at Victoria Gardens where a number of wreaths will then be laid. This will follow ex-service men and women plus members of ex-service organisations and current serving military organisations gathering outside Leeds City Museum before marching to the war memorial at 10.30am. Amongst those joining the Lord Mayor in the parade will be the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Tim Hare, and the leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor Judith Blake. A two minute silence will also be held at 11am after the Last Post is played.

Led by the Right Reverend Nick Baines, Bishop of Leeds (CofE), the service, which is also set to be broadcast on two big screens around the war memorial to allow the crowds not near the front to watch the proceedings, will also include readings from different faiths.

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Judith Chapman said:

“Remembrance Sunday is a time where individually and as city we can come together as one and pay our respects to those people who lost their lives during times of conflict.

“The service at the war memorial on Victoria Gardens is always a very moving and poignant occasion, and we warmly invite the public to join us as we remember and say thank you to all those who made the ultimate sacrifice serving their country.”

For media enquiries, please contact;

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

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk