‘For your to­mor­row we gave our to­day’

Scar­bor­ough hon­ours those who made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice

The Scarborough News - - NEWS - by Martina Moscariello martina.moscariello@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @m__­moscariello

A week­end to com­mem­o­rate, to stop and to re­flect ... as Scar­bor­ough is about to join the rest of the na­tion in mark­ing the cen­te­nary of the end of World War One. It was a con­flict that changed so­ci­ety in a way no-one could ever imag­ine.

Glob­ally, mil­lions of peo­ple died dur­ing or as a re­sult of the war and as the cen­te­nary of their sac­ri­fices ap­proaches, feel­ings of grat­i­tude and pride within our com­mu­nity have grown.

Scar­bor­ough ex­pe­ri­enced first-hand the atroc­ity of the con­flict and at this re­mark­able time in his­tory, the town is ready to re­flect. Re­flect on those who per­ished, re­flect on what the war meant, and on the way it shaped our present.

The town will have a new last­ing me­mo­rial: on Sun­day, af­ter the Oliver’s Mount ser­vice, the Mayor of the Bor­ough of Scar­bor­ough will help to plant 100 trees to cre­ate a cen­te­nary me­mo­rial wood on the sea­ward side of the coastal road be­tween the youth hos­tel and Scalby Manor ho­tel, off the path­way lead­ing to the York­shire Wa­ter pump build­ing.

The Re­mem­brance week- end be­gins with a pa­rade at 5pm on Satur­day, from the Grand Ho­tel to the Spa, in which 100 il­lu­mi­nated poppy lanterns will be car­ried. At the Spa, a ‘Royal Al­bert Hall’ style ser­vice will be­gin at 6pm. The ser­vice will in­clude per­for­mances by the York and Dish­forth Mil­i­tary Wives Choirs, Tony Peers Singers and Scar­bor­ough Con­cert Band.

Re­mem­brance is also a chance to of­fer sup­port. On Satur­day, the third an­nual Armistice Ball will take place at the Crown Spa Ho­tel.

Or­gan­ised by Help for He­roes, the 1940s themed event will raise money for vet­er­ans and serv­ing per­son­nel. It in­cludes a char­ity auc­tion. Tick­ets are on Eventbrite or call 07870 811315.

On Sun­day, Armistice Day, a ser­vice will be­gin at 9.30am at Queen Street Cen­tral Hall. This will be fol­lowed by a pa­rade to the seafront where, af­ter the RNLI ser­vice at 10.30am, wreaths will be laid at sea.

The town’s main ser­vice led by the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion at Oliver’s Mount will be­gin at 10.30am.

As well as ser­vices, the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of the war will be marked by a num­ber of ex­hi­bi­tions show­ing the ded­i­ca­tion of hun­dreds of lo­cal peo­ple who wanted to play a part.

Scar­bor­ough Mar­i­time Her­itage Cen­tre will have a me­mo­rial can­dle lit from 11am to 4pm and a screen be­hind the mu­seum’s win­dow will scroll the names of the 841 peo­ple on the Oliver’s Mount war me­mo­rial who died in that war or in its im­me­di­ate af­ter­math.

Three wire sculp­tures of a lone sol­dier (one for each town in the bor­ough) have been cre­ated by An­i­mated Ob­jects The­atre Com­pany.

These are sur­rounded by fields of tex­tile pop­pies crafted by lo­cal groups, schools and res­i­dents.

Re­mem­brance Day is about those who came back as much as those who died, and over the week­end St Lau­rence’s Church in Scalby will play host to an ex­hi­bi­tion cel­e­brat­ing the 184 men from Newby and Scalby who re­turned from WW1.

On Sun­day at 7pm, Scar­bor­ough Cas­tle will light a fire bea­con sym­bol­is­ing the end of an era of dark­ness. At 7.05pm, 1,000 cathe­drals and churches across the UK will ring their bells in cel­e­bra­tion of peace. Lo­cal churches in­clud­ing Seamer and Mus­ton are in­volved.

MAIN PHOTO BY RICHARD PONTER

Or­gan­i­sa­tions come to lay a poppy wreath.

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