Remembrance services a century after World War One armistice

Remembrance services will have added poignance this year, on the centenary of the signing of the World War One armistice.

A century after the conflict ended, ceremonies around the world will mark the occasion in similar ways.

Most of the churches in Scarborough, Filey and the surrounding villages have been planning services for much of the year.

In Scarborough, the British Legion’s poppy appeal was launched at the Brunswick Centre by borough mayor Cllr Joe Plant. Certificates were presented to six long-serving poppy vendors. The standards of the Legion and various associations were paraded.

On Sunday 4 November, the annual planting of poppy crosses will take place in the remembrance garden in Alma Square, starting at noon. Afterwards, a parade though the town centre to Bar Street will be led by the band of the Yorkshire Volunteers.

On Remembrance Sunday, 11 November, Queen Street Central Hall’s service will begin at 9.30am. It will feature the blessing of standards and wreaths, a drumhead ceremony and poppies falling during the silence period. It will be followed by a parade down to the harbour for wreaths to be laid at sea, says Legion branch secretary Ian Temple.

Many of the participants at Queen Street will take part in Scarborough RNLI’s service in the lifeboathouse, beginning at 10.30am.

The town’s main service will be held at Oliver’s Mount, starting at 10.30am. Poppy wreaths will be laid against the war memorial. A bus will leave the railway station at 10.10am to take people up to the Mount.

The standard bearers will be organised by parade marshall Steve Jewell.

Anyone with information about the servicemen whose names are recorded on the rood screen at St James’s Church on Seamer Road is invited to visit between 10.30am and 3pm on 3 and 4 November, says warden Joanne Watson. The names belong to people who died in the World War I bombardment by German battleships. The church’s remembrance service will begin at 10.30am.

St Columba Church in Dean Road will be open from 1-4pm on 9 and 10 November for people to view a large poppy display and information on the 12 members of the congregation who lost their lives in WW1. The church’s usual Sunday services, at 8am and 10am, will focus on the nation’s remembrance of all those lost, says warden Pauline Hainsworth.

The Sunday service at St Laurence’s Church in Scalby will be conducted by Rev Lynn Hellmuth. It will begin at the usual 10am before moving outside to the war memorial for the act of remembrance and laying of wreaths.

A holly wreath will be laid at the altar of St John the Baptist Church in Cayton during a remembrance service beginning at 10.45am, taken by Rev Don MacIver. A wreath and small inscribed crosses will be placed on the grave of Corporal George Armstrong, born in Cayton in 1864. George emigrated to Canada and served in the Canadian army. He returned to Scarborough in 1917 while stationed in England and died in his room at the George Hotel. His widow asked for him to be buried at Cayton.

Deacon Andrew Carter will lead the 10.30am service at Cayton Methodist Church, which will be decorated with poppies knitted by members of the congregation. 

Filey’s main service begins at St Oswald’s Church at 9.30am. At about 10.30am, a parade led by standard bearers will march to the remembrance gardens in Murray Street for a service officiated by the vicar of Filey, Rev Nigel Chapman.

At 5.30pm, a torchlight parade will leave Filey bus station and head to the gardens for a short remembrance event. Battery-powered light batons will be handed out free to the first 200 people, in return for a donation to the British Legion.

Rev Robert Hall will conduct a service at St Thomas’s Church in Gristhorpe at 2.30pm.

Remembrance Day services in the Hertford benefice will be at All Saints Church in Muston (10am), St Nicholas’s Church in Ganton (10.45am), St Peter’s in Willerby and All Saints in Hunmanby (10.45am). The latter will be over the road at the Cross Hill war memorial, weather permitting; otherwise in the church.

At All Saints in Muston, wreaths will be laid by the Legion, the parish council and Cllr Godfrey Allanson, on behalf of the county council.

The church contains an unusual list, of all 62 local men who went to fight in the war. The names are carved on a wooden board which was in the village school until it closed. Using some of the proceeds of the annual scarecrow festival, Muston’s millennium committee is having the board restored, so it should last another 100 years.

At 7.05pm, church bells around the country will be pealed.

* Many other churches are holding Remembrance Day services; apologies if we have missed yours out.

* At the service at St Oswald’s Church, the standard of the British Legion women’s section will be laid up, or decommissioned. It will be hung in the church later.