As we approach the centenary of the end of the First World War, a launch event will be held later this year at York Minster, to mark the beginning of York’s 6 week period of remembrance to Armistice Day.
The event will take place on the 3rd October 2018 and will be specifically aimed at key stage 2 pupils, so that they can learn how the events of WW1 affected York.
The event will include a variety of military displays around the Minster and live music, with veteran personnel and civic representatives in attendance. Invitations are being sent to schools across York this week and a special educational pack is being developed to help students prepare for the event, including a special composition by Dr Richard Shepherd MBE DL. There will also be a summer long poetry competition, open to all key stage 2 pupils across York, with sessions running in the summer holidays to support children to make an entry.
First York are supporting the event by allowing schools not within walking distance to the Minster to use their service busses free of charge.
Councillor Ashley Mason, Liberal Democrat Ward Councillor for Dringhouses and Woodthopre, who has been organising the event in partnership with the Dean of York said:
"In York, we have a proud and deep-rooted connection with our armed forces. As we approach the centenary of the end of the First World War, it is so important that, as a City, we mark our 6 week period of remembrance to Armistice Day.”
“I am extremely grateful to The Very Rev. Vivienne Faull, Dean of York, for offering to host this special event at the Minster and helping to make my ideas a reality. I would also like to thank her team in supporting us to develop excellent educational packs for the school children of York.”
“I very much look forward to seeing everyone in October for what I am sure will be a fantastic and unique event.”