Driffield Town Council has joined in partnership with a number of organisations in the town to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War over the weekend of August 2 and 3.
Driffield in Bloom have organised a Tribute in Flowers on Saturday August 2 in All Saints Church, between 12.30pm and 4pm, to which all the community are invited to see more than 20 floral displays reflecting the conflict and its impact on the town and people of Driffield.
Chairman of Driffield in Bloom, Mrs Shirley Franklin, said: “We were delighted with the response we received from many organisations who were very keen to get involved and put their artistic talents to use in creating flower arrangements that would reflect this very significant time in our history’.
The In Bloom Committee, along with the Town Council, the armed forces organisations and Driffield Churches Together viewed the idea of a ‘Tribute in Flowers’ as a very fitting way to acknowledge this centenary as much of the imagery of this conflict is based around one flower, the poppy.
Like all communities in 1914, the impact of the declaration of war was felt very keenly in the town and the Tribute in Flowers gives an opportunity to our local organisations to create displays that will illustrate how the town was at this time and how the people themselves reacted to the outbreak of war.
On Sunday August 3rd the community of Driffield and the surrounding villages, are invited to come together to All Saints Church at 2.00pm, to mark the centenary of the start of the Great War, in music, poetry and stories of the day as well as in reflection and prayer. Driffield Silver Band and Driffield Community Choir will lead the hymns and Middle 8 will perform a number of songs from the era, as well as readings and stories of those involved in the war at the time.
Town Clerk, Claire Binnington said ‘We wanted to mark this momentous centenary in a respectful and reflective manner, we want the people who live in Driffield today to come together to remember and give thanks to the residents of our town a century ago who were faced with the impact of what was to be such a devastating conflict’.
The Mayor, Cllr Phil Stocker commented ‘Whilst we appreciate that these events are taking place in the summer holidays, we do hope that many young people and families will attend, as well as the older generation as it is imperative that all elements of our community pay their respects and give thanks to those who did give their lives for our freedom in this conflict.’