Town and villages pay tribute to war dead

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Whitby and the surrounding villages will be coming together once again this weekend to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the two world wars.

There is even more poignancy to this year’s Remembrance Day services with it being a hundred years since the outbreak of World War 1 where nine million servicemen and seven million civilians were killed.

The town will be commemorating this with special services taking place in the town centre churches .

Villages in the outlying areas are also preparing to pay their own respects with several wreath laying and meetings at war memorials planned.

Children in local schools have also been learning about World War One and the poppy appeal.

At Stakesby School, pupils have created a piece of art work which over the last few weeks has been on display at the Sainsbury’s store.

Rev Valerie Haynes told the Gazette there is a simple line from St John’s Gospel which sums up the sacrifice made by Britain’s war heroes - some came home but some didn’t.

It reads: “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

Rev Haynes said: “On Sunday we will remember all those who have taken this instruction to heart and given their lives for others: all those who have given the greatest sacrifice of all in order for others to be saved by their selfless deeds.

“It is about remembering friends, loved ones, close and distant relatives and strangers. “We especially think of those servicemen and women who have been killed in the major wars of the past few centuries; the Crimean War, the Great War or First World War, the Second World War, the Korea War, the Falklands War, the War in Iraq and the War in Afghanistan, to name but a few.

“But our remembrance does not stop there.

“We also remember those whose names will never appear on any memorials, those lost in operations or battles that are conducted in secret or do not make the headlines.

“And we are also here to remember those who have lost their lives simply by standing up for a fellow human being.”

The main Remembrance Day service in Whitby town on Sunday will be at St Mary’s Church on the east cliff at 2.30pm.

In Sleights at 10am there will be an act of Remembrance at the war memorial at 10am.

Robin Hood’s Bay and Fylingthorpe parishes will come together for a service at St Stephen’s Church at 10.45am and at Hawsker’s All Saint’s Church the Remembrance service starts at 9.15am.

In Aislaby there is a service at St Margaret’s Church at 10.15am and it will be followed by an Act of Remembrance at the village war memorial.

St Oswald’s Church at Lythe starts its Remembrance programme at 9.30am, Ugthorpe’s Christchurch will pay its respects at 10.55am and at Staithes there will be a War memorial service of Remembrance at 3pm.

In the Esk Valley, services are St Hilda’s, Egton at 10.30am; Glaisdale War Memorial at 10.50am; St Matthew’s Church, Grosmont at 9am; Lealholm war memorial, 10am and Goathland’s service will start at the war memorial at 10.30am before proceeding into St Mary’s Church.

At Castleton the main Remembrance service is at the church at 2.30pm followed by a walk to the Memorial on the Howe.