Published Tuesday, 6th November 2018

City of York Council will honour the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War by supporting the different citywide services of commemoration on Sunday 11 November.

To begin the centenary commemorations, Piper Higgins will play Battle’s O’er at 6am, on the steps of Mansion House, York, escorted by The Rt Hon Lord Mayor of York, Cllr Keith Orrell.

Services of remembrance will be held throughout York as the day continues with a special service of Thanksgiving and Commemoration held at York Minster at 9:30am with words from The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu.                              

This will precede the annual parade through York for the Service of Remembrance in the City Memorial Gardens at 11am where a minute’s silence will be observed before the final names are read from the King’s Book of York Heroes by The Rt Hon Lord Mayor of York, Cllr Keith Orrell.

The Kings Book of Heroes contains the names of nearly 1,450 men and 2 women from York who lost their lives through the First World War. The names have been read publicly from 3 October, in chronological order of when they died, ending on Remembrance Sunday.

Other memorial events will be taking place across the city, including:

Haxby Memorial Hall will host a multi media event between 2pm – 6pm to honour the centenary. Guests will be able to experience period film and music, an archive display and period activities for young people and light refreshments will be served.

A concert of remembrance will be held at The Church of St Mary, Bishophill Junior at 5pm with choral music and readings on the lives of Bishophill military and civil personnel lost during the First World War. St Lawrence Church will also be hosting a musical nod to the armistice, with an evensong led by students of St Lawrence Parish Church in honour of the centenary at 6pm.

Battle’s Over - A Poppleton Tribute 100 Years of Remembrance, Poppleton Green, will be commemorating between 6:30pm – 7:30pm with a band, choir and Bugeler for lighting of a beacon, remembrance prayers and refreshments. St Olave’s, Marygate Lane, is planning a service of music and readings at 7pm, including Mozart's Requiem, with the Choir and Orchestra of St Olave's.

Rawcliffe Remembrance, Rawcliffe Parish Council has planned WWI Beacons of Light, a tribute to the end of the First World War between 6:15pm – 8pm.

Further services of commemoration and remembrance are listed below:

  • 11th November: Service of Remembrance at St. Stephan's Church, Acomb at 8:30am and 10:30am
  • 11th November: Act of Remembrance at multiple city centre churches:
    • 10.00am - St Denys, St Denys Road
    • 10.15am - St Lawrence, Lawrence Street
    • 10.30am - All Saints Church Pavement North Street
    • 10.30am - St Olaves, Marygate Lane
    • 10.55am - St Helen, Helen’s Square
    • 10.55am - St Martin, Coney Street
    • 10.55am - Holy Trinity, Micklegate
  • 11th November: Service of Remembrance at Lidgett Methodist

Church, Acomb at 10:30am

  • 11th November: Remembrance Day Parade and Services at

Elvington Village War Memorial, Village Green at10.30am and

Yorkshire Air Museum, Station Chapel at 1.30pm

  • 11th November: Copmanthorpe Beacon and Remembrance at

Memorial Green, Main Street at 10:30am

The Rt Hon Lord Mayor of York, Cllr Keith Orrell, said: “The York Remembers programme of events has seen some fantastic thought-provoking and inspiring events over the past few weeks and Remembrance Sunday really is the culmination of this. It’s an honour to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War and the sacrifice made by those who served their country, as well as those who continue to do so.”

Cllr Keith Aspden, Executive member for Economic Development & Community Engagement and Armed Forces Champion, said: “Remembrance Sunday is such a significant day in our calendar and to commemorate the centenary of Armistice Day, it is important that we do our utmost as a city to honour those who gave their lives during the First World War and to pay our respects to those currently serving in our armed forces.”

Cllr Ian Gillies, Leader of the Council said: “York residents, business owners, parish councils and community groups have really come together to support the Armistice centenary and we’re glad that the council could be part of this experience.  There are so many services of remembrance on Sunday throughout the city and anyone is welcome to come and commemorate.”

All are welcome to attend the commemoration events and for more information, please visit:


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