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York to celebrate 100 years since the end of WWI

Remembrance Sunday is fast approaching and much of York is commemorating the annual event.

This year however is especially significant with it being the centenary of the end of World War One.

The City Memorial Gardens will be holding a minute’s silence at 11:00 which will be shortly followed by a reading from the King’s Book of York Heroes.

Attending the reading will be the Lord Mayor of York Councillor, Keith Orrell, who will be performing the reading.

The Remembrance Day parade through the city will again be taking place in the morning. Beginning at the War Memorial Village Green at ten o’ clock, the cavalcade will make its way to the Yorkshire Air Museum for 13:00.

War films

With Aesthetica Film Festival occurring at the same time, many short films and pieces of archive footage from the First World War will be shown to festival goers on Sunday.

An early start at 06:00 will see a showing of a film which follows the experiences of British soldiers before and after the Battle of Somme.

Footage of war memorials being unveiled on Armistice Day in 1920 will wrap up the festival as well as the evening of Remembrance Sunday.

The film will focus on significant figures of World War One along with the Unknown Warrior – an unidentified British soldier who was killed during conflict.

The entrance to The Ivy has been decorated with poppies

Afternoon tea

A number of local businesses shall also be taking an opportunity to commemorate the event including The Ivy tea rooms.

The venue, which is popular among residents and tourists alike, will be hosting an appropriately themed afternoon tea session for the public.

A selection of sweets and savory snacks adorned with poppies shall be available for customers to choose from as a tribute to fallen soldiers.

First Buses have announced that Veterans will be eligible for free bus travel around and outside the city throughout the day.