Stoke-on-Trent Remembers 100 years since the First World War

Published: Wednesday, 7th November 2018

People from across the city are being invited to get involved in a series of events to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War.

The events will take place this week as part of the ‘Stoke-on-Trent Remembers’ campaign.                                                                                                          

A number of remembrance events will be taking place on Sunday, November 11 including a service at the Stoke Town Cenotaph on Kingsway which will begin from 10.30am. Immediately after this a short service led by Bishop McGough will be held at Stoke Minster followed by a parade with the Lord Mayor taking the salute and refreshments in Stoke Town Hall, which will last until approximately 12.10pm.

In Hanley the service will begin with a parade from Lidice Way to the war memorial in Albion Square. A ceremony will then take place with the Deputy Lord Mayor taking the salute.

Other events taking place include a two minute silence at 11am at Longton Market on both November 9 and 10. One of the thought-provoking Tommy silhouettes will also be in place in the market and other activities including a poppy trail and a remembrance net where people can place a poppy to remember a loved one will also be on offer.

The six stunning 8ft tall silhouettes designed by Andy Edwards and made by PM Training are being installed in each of the six towns this week, where they will serve as an additional point of reflection and remembrance for the residents of Stoke-on-Trent. You can find the silhouettes at the following locations: Burslem –Swan Bank, Fenton – Baker Street, Hanley – Bethesda Gardens, Longton – Baths Road, Stoke – Kingsway, and Tunstall – The Boulevard.

A spectacular banner illustrating the battles fought by the 5th Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment, which was designed and painted by returning servicemen almost 100 years ago and that has drawn comparisons to the Bayeux Tapestry, is also on display at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in an exhibition entitled For the Fallen until Sunday, November 18.

Councillor Anthony Munday, Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s cabinet member for greener city, development and leisure, and champion for the Armed Forces’ Community Covenant, and Councillor Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, transport and heritage, have been leading on the commemorations.

Councillor Munday said: “We wanted to make sure that Stoke-on-Trent plays its part in commemorating those who fought and lost their lives during the Great War. The events arranged as part of our Stoke-on-Trent Remembers programme are poignant and thought provoking and I’d like to encourage as many people as possible to attend one of the remembrance services that will take place this week. It is only right that Stoke-on-Trent Remembers and pays its respects in the most meaningful way.”

Councillor Jellyman added: “Our Stoke-on-Trent Remembers campaign has resonated with so many people throughout the city. Around 122,000 people saw the iconic Poppies: Weeping Window at Middleport Pottery earlier in the year and more than 1,500 people have visited the spectacular 5th battalion banner in the For the Fallen exhibition at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery so far, and thousands more have seen it in media coverage across the country. It’s been fantastic that so many people have got involved to make these events successful and have come together to reflect and remember the real life experiences of local people during the conflict.”

The silhouettes have been funded as part of the council’s cultural legacy programme and also by some ward members.

For full details about all of the events taking place as part of Stoke-on-Trent Remembers, please visit https://www.stoke.gov.uk/stokeremembers.

For all media enquiries please contact the communications department at Stoke-on-Trent City Council on 01782 236156.