This month marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War and there are a number of events that have been organised to remember this important centenary. In my own ward, St Ann’s, I was lucky enough to meet Hilda Hutchinson, who is 101 years old and was the guest of honour at the unveiling of a refurbished memorial at St Ann’s Church. Hilda owns her very own piece of Great War history – a Christmas card sent to her by her father from the trenches in 1918.
This week has already seen a number of events organised across the city to remember the centenary with the 1918 Arnustuce Centenary Concert at the Royal Concert Hall, featuring the Nottingham Harmonic Choir, Mraimah Kannneh-Mason and Southwell Girls Choir. We have also had the Games of Remembrance at Meadow Lane and City Ground playing host to a match between troops from the British Army Football Association and the German Bundeswehr to commemorate soldiers from both sides.
To mark Remembrance Sunday itself The Victoria Embankment will once again be the city’s focal point for commemoration on Armistice Day with the two minute silence and wreath laying taking place from 11am. To conclude the day of national commemorations, beacons will be lit infront of Victoria Embankment along will also include poetry and music to pay tribute to the 14,000 men and women from Nottingham and Nottinghamshire who lost their lives as apart of the Battle’s Over A Nation’s Tribute.
We are also working with the County Council to deliver a new war memorial at Victoria Embankment. The memorial will be the first collection of all the names of those from Nottingham and Nottinghamshire who died in the First World War. The plans final design has been approved and the memorial should open before May next year.
I know there are lots of people in Nottingham will want to remember those that lost their in the First World War and I hope as many people as possible go to their local Remembrance Service to do just that.