Representatives from organisations in the Driffield area met on Tuesday evening to begin planning a service to commemorate the beginning of the First World War on Sunday August 3 at 2pm at the All Saints Church.
Driffield Town Councillors are planning a number of events to take place over the next five years to 2018 and the first of these will be special service bringing together all elements of the community to mark this very significant time in our history.
The Mayor, Coun Heather Venter said: “People throughout the country are putting plans in place to commemorate the First World War, and Driffield must be no different.
“The Town Council see this as a very important milestone in our history and it is vital that our town also gets involved and acknowledges this”.
Many organisations have already been contacted to inform them of this special service and although it does takes place during the summer break for many, the significance of this service has meant that efforts are being made to get involved.
The Driffield Town Band is delaying their summer break and will be performing and all the armed forces organisations will be present.
Driffield in Bloom are to co-ordinate a flower festival, inviting local organisations to produce displays reflecting the First World War and its effect on the community.
Chairman, Mrs Shirley Franklin said: “It will be wonderful to see the church decorated with flower arrangements commemorating this event , we will be contacting people very soon to encourage them to get involved”.
The Clerk, Mrs Claire Binnington is also appealing for children to come forward to get involved.
As August 3 is in the summer holidays, it is not possible to involve the schools, however Mrs Binnington and the organisers hope that mums and dads will bring their children to service.
The clerk explained: “We are hoping to get around 150 local children to attend and each one will read out the name of a fallen hero from the town, we felt this would be a very touching tribute from one generation to another, a generation who had given their lives to secure future freedoms.’
The clerk is also appealing for photographs of the era from local people, especially pictures of those who served in the war, whether they perished or not.
“We would love Driffield people to go through their old photos and see if they can find any of ancestors who fought in the war, or who were involved in other wartime activities, so that we could copy them and use them as part of the service.”
Rev Andrew Ison will lead the service with members of Driffield Churches Together and said: “It is very important that this service is one of commemoration, we want those who attend and take part, especially the children, to remember it for years to come”.
If you would like to get involved or have any photographs the organisers could copy then please contact the clerk, Mrs Claire Binnington at Driffield Town Council on 01377 254160.