Concert among highlights of Aysgarth Festival of Remembrance

A ‘waterfall’ of over 1,100 paper poppies has been created at Aysgarth Church.

A concert of World War One words and music on Saturday, November 10 is one of the highlights of Aysgarth Festival of Remembrance.

Hawes Silver Band and Aysgarth Singers, conducted by Stanley J Roocroft MBE, will perform a variety of music, from military marches to sombre commemorative pieces, ending with audience participation in a rousing medley of popular WWI songs.

Local primary schoolchildren will sing songs dedicated to peace and one of them will read a piece that they have written themselves about the war.

Other readings, taken from eye-witness accounts, will describe the first-hand experiences of the ordinary men and women who lived through, and served, in the Great War, from soldiers on the front line and in the trenches to land girls, nurses and munitions workers.

The concert begins at 2pm and tickets are free, but should be pre-booked from hazel@wss-docs.co.uk or 07866 804601.

There is now a ‘waterfall’ of over 1,100 paper poppies cascading over the altar  of the church and the gates at the entrance have been decorated with knitted poppies.

There is a Remembrance themed flower festival at the church from Saturday November 10 until Monday November 12, as well as an exhibition and Roll of Honour featuring the lives of local people who served in the armed forces and as nurses during WW1.

For these the church will be open from 10am  to 1.30pm on the Saturday, from 12.30pm to 5pm on the Sunday, and from 10am to 5pm on the Monday. Admission is free and refreshments will be available.

The Remembrance Service is at 10.30am on the Sunday. There will be a time of quiet contemplation from 5pm to 6pm that day.

A pictorial guide to the 22 memorials in the churchyard where the Fallen of two world wars are remembered is available.