The East Riding Town Crier, Michael Wood, has been chosen to be one of several hundred town criers worldwide who will take part in a ‘Cry for Peace’ to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.
Battle’s Over is a commemorative event in tribute to the millions of men and women who died in the war, and marking 100 years since the guns fell silent.
Army veteran Michael will be the MC for a range of activities organised by Hessle Town Council at Hessle Foreshore as part of the event, on Sunday November 11, starting at 4.30pm. The free event is open to the public and will include performances from the History Troupe, East Riding of Yorkshire Brass Band and students from Hessle High School.
It will be attended by civic dignitaries including the chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Councillor Margaret Chadwick.
After a nationwide lighting of beacons at 7pm, Michael will join town criers from around the world to orate the prepared cry in unison.
He is especially proud to be taking part in the event, as his grandfather’s name is listed as one of the names of the fallen located on Hessle All Saints’ Church war memorial.
Michael will read out a self-penned poem during the event.
He said: “In addition to the Cry for Peace’ I was inspired to write my own words of tribute in the form of a poem. This was because the media recently reported that the youth of today have little or no knowledge of the events of World War One.
“One thing for certain is that Hessle folks are definitely aware of it, in particular students of Hessle High School, who are heavily involved. They will be adding a poignant touch to the Battle’s Over celebrations when, immediately after my poem, they will conclude the whole event by calling out the names of the Hessle fallen.”
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For further details of the event contact Hessle Town Council, tel 01482 648566, or Michael Wood, tel 07770 372999
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