Region prepares to pay tribute to fallen

Remembrance Sunday parade in Pocklington last year.
Remembrance Sunday parade in Pocklington last year.

Residents in the area will pay their respects on Remembrance Sunday (8 November) to honour those lost in conflict.

In Pocklington, a parade will be held, which will set off from Pocklington School, on West Green, at 2.15pm,. It will stop at the World War Two memorial on Grape Lane for a short wreath laying ceremony at about 2.25pm.

The parade will then march up Railway Street and Market Place to the World War One memorial on Market Street for another short wreath laying ceremony at about 2.45pm. The Deputy Lord Lieutenant of East Yorkshire, Rowan Blake-James, Pocklington mayor, councillor Martin Ratcliffe, Regular Armed Forces and the Royal British Legion will lay wreaths on behalf of the fallen of both world wars and subsequent conflicts, followed by the emergency services and the uniformed organisations from the town. The parade will then enter The Methodist Church, on Chapmangate, for a service of remembrance which is expected to start just after 3pm.

Market Weighton’s parade will start at Southgate park at 10.30am and will head to All Saints’ Church via Southgate, High Street and Londesborough Road.

The main service will take place at the church. The parade will reassemble on the archway behind All Saints’ and head to the Memorial Institute on Spring Road, where a second service will be held.

It will then move on to the south side of The Green and from there it will return to Southgate and will finish at the social club. Deputy Lord Lieutenant of East Yorkshire Christopher Oughtred will take the salute.

In Stamford Bridge, the parade will assemble from 10.30am at the entrance to the Bridlington Road estate. It will march down Main Street and up Church Road to St John the Baptist Church. A wreath-laying ceremony at the war memorial will be followed by a remembrance service in the church.

After the service, the parade will reassemble and march along Church Road and Low Catton Road and finish along the cycle track by the old station.

During the assembly of the parade, along the route of the march and during the wreath-laying ceremony, the roads in question will be temporarily closed to traffic.

For the benefit of those attending the service and who have limited mobility, the junior school playground will be open for parking.

For the residents of Catton, there will be the usual wreath laying ceremony at the war memorial in the yard of All Saints’ Church after the church service, which starts at about 9am.

Elvington’s service of remembrance will be held at the French Memorial in the village, starting at 11am. It will be attended by hundreds of villagers, supporters, veterans and children from across the UK and France.

A special public service of remembrance and wreath laying ceremony takes place at 1.30pm at the Yorkshire Air Museum in Elvington and will be attended by representatives of the RAF, French Air Force and other countries. During the service the Honorary French Consul, Jeremy Burton, will award up to seven British veterans of the 1945 D-Day invasion of Europe the Légion d’Honneur on behalf of the French president.

A short Armistice Day commemoration will take place in Pocklington at the World War One memorial near the Post Office at 11am on Wednesday (11 November). Everyone is welcome to join the Royal British Legion in remembering the fallen of all wars and conflicts. An Armistice Day ceremony will also take place at 11am on Wednesday on the platform of the Old Station in Stamford Bridge.