Remembrance 2021 – a message from the Council Leader
Kirklees Council Leader Councillor Shabir Pandor is encouraging everyone across the borough to pay their respects to our heroes this Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday and to support the Poppy Appeal.
Kirklees Council Leader Councillor Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council, said: “Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day are two of the most significant days in our diary every year.
“Last year, we were limited in how we could mark this important occasion due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but thankfully we’re in a position this year to be able to safely reintroduce traditional services.
“There is nothing more powerful than when we all come together each year to make sure our heroes are not forgotten and that we remember the sacrifices they made for the freedoms we all have today. I encourage everyone to pay their respects and to donate to the Poppy Appeal.”
Last year, there was a limited programme of events due to Covid-19. This year, with restrictions having been lifted, communities are once again planning parades and wreath-laying ceremonies.
Mayor of Kirklees, Cllr Nigel Patrick, will lead the Huddersfield Service of Remembrance at Huddersfield Parish Church on Sunday 14 November at 10.50 am. The parade will start from Huddersfield Town Hall at 10.30 am and will re-form after the service and return to the Town Hall. Those entering Church will be required to wear a mask at all times, unless exempt.
Former Mayor of Kirklees, Jim Dodds, will be the civic representative for the Dewsbury Service of Remembrance, which will be held in Dewsbury Minister on Sunday 14 November at 10.30 am. The parade will start from Dewsbury Town Hall at 10.20 am and will re-form after the service and return to the Memorial Gardens on Longcauseway for a wreath-laying service. Those entering the Minster will be required to wear a mask until seated, unless exempt.
Armistice Day Services, on the 11 November, are being organised by the Royal British Legion at Greenhead Park in Huddersfield and Memorial Gardens, Longcauseway in Dewsbury.
There will be a national two-minute silence on Armistice Day (11 November) which people are encouraged to observe wherever they may be.
Together with local community and faith groups, we’ll be celebrating Inter Faith Week 2021 which begins on Remembrance Sunday. There are lots of events or opportunities for you to get involved across Kirklees. Everyone is welcome, whether you’re religious or not.