Thousands to remember fallen across South Yorkshire on Remembrance Sunday

Sheffield Remembrance Service at The City War Memorial,in Barkers Pool
Sheffield Remembrance Service at The City War Memorial,in Barkers Pool

Final preparations are being made for a host of ceremonies in South Yorkshire on Sunday to remember the area’s war dead.

The Remembrance Sunday services will take on a special significance this year on the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One.

In Sheffield the Lord Mayor, Coun Peter Rippon, will lead a procession from the City Hall at 11am.

The parade will include ex-service personnel together with Army units and representatives of uniformed organisations in the city.

The Deputy Lieutenant, High Sheriff, Lord Mayor, Master Cutler, officers of the services and representatives of the ex-services and other organisations will lay wreaths on the war memorial in Barker’s Pool.

Coun Rippon said: “We all have a duty to remember and reflect on what the armed services have done for us, and continue to do for us, in serving their country in conflicts around the world. They risk their lives so that we can enjoy our freedom.”

The public can lay floral tributes on the war memorial when the parade has marched past.

And in Shiregreen Cemetery, Ann Fellows and Nicolette Williams – whose sons Royal Marine Lance Corporal Jamie Fellows and Senior Aircraftman Christopher Bridge were killed in Afghanistan – have organised a service at the war memorial at 10.30am.

The local scout group has been given £500 by Sanctuary Housing to promote the service, which will be led by the Royal Marine Association from Doncaster.

In Rotherham, a parade led by the South Yorkshire Police Band will leave Effingham Street at 9.15am and make its way to Rotherham Minster for a service at 9.45am.

That will be followed by a wreath-laying ceremony and one-minute silence at 11am at the Rotherham war memorial in Clifton Park.

In Barnsley, the service will be outside the town hall at 11am, featuring music by Barnsley Metropolitan Band.

In Chesterfield, a service takes place at St Mary’s and All Saint’s Church, in the town centre, at 2.30pm. It will be followed by a parade along Knifesmithgate, to the war memorial at Rose Hill.