First World War Commemoration Event - Recollections from Burley

Published: 23 November 2018


On Sunday 11th November a combined church remembrance service and wreath laying ceremony was held in the village; an event that marked the 100th anniversary of the Armistice. The event was supported many organisations right across the village. The Parish Council had the war memorial professional cleaned last year, and the Burley Community Trust have commissioned some remembrance light displays on the outside of the Grange to mark the occasion, and also freshened up the planters by the war memorial.


Several people commented that it was good to see the younger generation of our village participating in this act of community remembrance. The Scouting and Guiding units worked together to create this effective hand crafted display of flowing poppies, with help from other children in the village and the support of the There, Not There project and Youth United Foundation, who donated the Tommy silhouettes.


The Parish Council organised a special feature in the Queens Hall on the reminiscences and recollections from Burley; an event which was well supported. The Two Rivers Wind Quartet provided a musical back drop while members of the public perused a wide range of archive material created by the local history group. This was followed by the Burley Theatre Group who performed readings from letters and newspaper articles published 100 years ago. Finally as part of a wider national tribute, Burley-in-Wharfedale supported one of over 1300 Beacons of Light that were lit throughout the United Kingdom.

For anyone that missed the opportunity to see the displays from the local history group, they have been moved to the library where they will be available for the next month