Calderdale pays poignant tribute in WWI centenary

Hebden Bridge memorial garden service for the first world war centenary
Hebden Bridge memorial garden service for the first world war centenary

Calderdale communities marked the centenary of the outbreak of World War One with touching tributes in remembrance of those who lost their lives during the conflict,

Commemoration services were held across the region. Sunday saw members of the Churches Together group in Claremount and Boothtown meet at St Bernard’s Roman Catholic Church for a special service.

In the presence of the Mayor of Calderdale, Coun Pat Allen, the service reflected on the ways in which the lives of local people were changed by the war.

Pauline Fothergill, secretary of Churches Together in Claremount and Boothtown, said: “The event was very well attended and everyone came together to remember.

“We felt it was a very beautiful, very moving and very reflective service.”

The Littleborough Brass Band provided the music during the service, which also included a procession of lights and poppies as well as poetry and art from World War One.

Father Guy Jamieson, of St Anne’s, Southowram, and St Thomas’s, Claremount, said that the service was a way to bring different groups together in remembrance and look at how the enormity of events impacted the lives of local people during the period.

He said: “The language of remembrance is at the heart of the church’s life.

“One of the main things the service looked at was what the war has taught us and how we have learnt from mistakes of the past.”

Calderdale Council marked the occasion on Monday evening by taking part in the Royal British Legion’s Lights Out campaign, where the lights in Halifax Town Hall were turned off from 10pm for one hour.

A candle was lit to illuminate the Book of Remembrance, which is kept in the building,