Worksop: Town branch of the British Legion announces plans for World War I Festival of Remembrance

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Plans are underway to stage a Festival of Remembrance for the fallen heroes of World War I at the North Notts Arena this autumn.

And organisers want the whole community to be involved in remembering those from Worksop who gave their lives in the conflict in the centenary year of it starting.

And in supporting the cause, everyone will also be helping to support the Guardian’s campaign to help save the Worksop branch of the Royal British Legion from closing.

The date organisers have set upon for the event is Saturday, 25th October.

And planning starts now to ensure everyone and everything is in place and ready to go.

“I have been to festivals of remembrance in other towns and seen how wonderful they are,” said Coun Sybil Fielding, chairman of Bassetlaw Council and a British Legion member in Worksop.

“For Worksop to have something involving local schools, local community organisations and the wider community as a whole would be wonderful.”

Organisations like the Legion, the Cadets, the Scouts and the Lions have already said they want to be involved.

But organisers want everyone from all walks of the community to play their part, from school choirs to those simply with memories of relatives who were involved in the conflict.

To get involved, contact Coun Fielding on 01909 501362 or email

The British Legion is also planning to hold a special event in Worksop on 4th August to commemorate the day Britain officially entered the war back in 1914.

“Across Britain, the Legion wants to light a million candles just before 11pm and then extinguish them at 11pm itself,” said Elaine Hopkins, regional fund-raiser for Notts.

The Worksop branch of the Legion would like to hold their event in the Market Square to ensure as many people as possible can be involved to help support them and save the Worksop branch of the Legion.