How our diocese remembered the fallen a century after the Armistice

Parish churches, minsters and cathedrals came together to mark 100 years since the signing of the Armistice which promised an end to war.

Record-breaking attendances at many services were typified at Ripon Cathedral, where some 2,000 people squeezed into the historic building, including the quire and even up the stairs to its library.

The service, led by Dean John Dobson, with a sermon from Bishop of Hannover, Ralf Meister and reflections by Bishop Nick, had to be delayed by nearly 40 minutes due to the thousands who thronged the city's streets and took part in the earlier civic Remembrance Service.

“It was a poignant privilege to have a German bishop with us for the centenary of the Armistice," Bishop Nick said.

"Our churches and cathedrals have served our communities exceptionally well in this remembering of the past and pledging for the future."

Large crowds gathered at all the major Remembrance Day events, such as the installation of the restored First World War Memorial on the site of St Peter's Church, Stanley, near Wakefield on Sunday afternoon.

"We were bowled over by how many came to the service led by Bishop Tony of Wakefield," said St Peter's church administrator Eleanor Plant.

"There whas been a fantastic response to the memorial from all the community."

Ripon Cathedral (left) and Wakefield Cathedral, whose interior pictured right, were both illuminated with images of poppies in preparation for Remembrance Day.

It was also standing room only at St Mary's Burley-in Wharfedale and Holy Trinity, Skipton was similarly filled after the town's civic ceremony.


The wonderful cascade of knitted poppies at All Saint's, Otley, pictured below, captured the meaningful work of worshippers across the diocese and whose efforts helped recognise this most significant anniversary.







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