Remembrance Day: Richmondshire marks 100 years of First World War armistice

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

Services and events will take place across Richmondshire this week to mark Remembrance Day and 100 years since the end of the First World War.

At 11am on November 11, 1918, an armistice was signed between Germany and allied nations, ending hostilities of the Great War.

Around 5.7 million allied soldiers lost their lives, including 700,000 British soldiers.

Richmondshire played its part during the war. Richmond was the base for the regimental depot for the Green Howards, while Richmond Castle served as a barracks for local regiments, a training camp for new recruits to the Army and for men who formed the Non-Combatant Corps (NCC).

Baden-Powell, the Commander of the Northern Territorial Army based at the castle from 1909, and it was during his time in the town that he suggested what is now Catterick Garrison as the location for a new Army base.

Soldiers from towns and villages across the district served their country during the war, with many never returning home.

Here are some of the things taking place to mark Remembrance Day and the First World War armistice. If you want your community’s event including, send details by emailing us here:


A concert of World War One words and music will be held Saturday, November 10 as part of the 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.

Further events will be held over the weekend. For more details click here.

Catterick Garrison Festival of Remembrance

A Festival of Remembrance will take place at Catterick Garrison Leisure Centre on at 7.30pm on Friday November 9.

It will feature music from Catterick WAGS Choir, pupils from Risedale School, Pipes and Drums from 4 Scots and Alverton Brass Band.

Tickets £5 from the leisure centre or call 01748 872026.


Catterick Village

Catterick Village Remembrance Service begins at 10.15am at St Anne’s Church on Sunday, November 11. It will be followed by Acts of Remembrance at Low Green at 11am and then Pallett Hill. Everyone welcome.


There will be a Remembrance Day Service in Hawes Parish Church from 10.45am.

Brian Woof, from Hawes Silver Band, will play the Last Post and the band will accompany the hymns.


The Remembrance Day parade will be held at 10.45am on Sunday, November 11 in the Market Square, followed by a service at St Peters and St Paul’s Roman Catholic Church.


On Remembrance Sunday there will be a short service at the war memorial on the green; gather at the memorial at 10.50am.

The Swaledale parade will leave Reeth green at 2pm for a service of remembrance at St Andrew’s, Grinton, at 2.30pm.

A bus will be provided for the return journey as there will be no march back this year. The service will be followed by tea in the memorial hall at 4pm.


There will be a church Service at St Mary’s Parish Church on Sunday, November 11 at 9.45am, followed by wreath laying in Friary Gardens at 11am and then wreath laying at the Green Howards Memorial.
There will then be a march passed the dias outside Friary Gardens at about 12.10pm. The parade will then form up outside the Town Hall where the Mayor of Richmond will speak, along with the President of the British Legion
Richmond Castle

Resonate is a chance to learn more about the Castle’s famous graffiti, see the castle illuminated and enjoy special performances by the Georgian Youth Theatre and guitar/vocal duo Bert Bohanan and Jean Robinson with guest musician Josh Harrison.

It will be held from 5pm to 7pm on November 11.

There will be demonstrations illustrating some of the conservation science behind the preservation of the First World War graffiti and even have a go at building your own torch. Free but booking essential. For more details click here.

Richmond to Catterick Ribbon of Remembrance

A physical display along the three mile route between Richmond and Catterick Garrison, which itself was created by Prisoners of War in 1917, will highlight the stories of 150 people who lived through the events of 1914 to 1918.

The profiles have been catalogued by the Green Howards Museum and people are being encouraged to walk the ribbon route over the weekend as part of their Remembrance commemorations.

The museum is also running a Remembrance soup fundraiser on Sunday 11 November from 11am to 3pm. In partnership with local independent greengrocer, Neeps and Tatties, staff will be providing a tasty soup lunch in the museum’s stunning Normanby Room. Proceeds will benefit the Richmond Branch of the Royal British Legion and the museum’s Medal Room improvement project.  £5 – booking essential.

The museum’s Ribbon of Remembrance display is open until 30 November.  Free display in the museum entrance area. This will feature the work of The Embroiderer’s Guild and marking the centenary anniversary of the end of the First World War.

For more details on the Ribbon of Remembrance and all the museum’s events click here.

West Witton

The village will come together at Mill Dam Green at 6.45pm on Sunday when the Last Post will be played before the village beacon will be lit and the church bells will be rung.