World War 1 commemorations in Chesterfield

This year, 2018, marks a century since the end of the Great War.

The Armistice ending the conflict, which had lasted more than four years, was signed at 11am on 11 November 1918.

To mark this special anniversary, there will be a number of WWI commemoration events taking place in addition to this year’s Remembrance events in the run up to Remembrance Sunday on 11th November.

These will include a mixture of remembrance services, live theatre, screenings, talks an interactive trench experience at Chesterfield Museum and a poppy cascade at Chesterfield Town Hall featuring poppies knitted and crocheted by residents and friends of Chesterfield.

For a full list of events that are taking place, you can click here.

One of the most visible displays will be the Poppy Cascade at the Town Hall which will be decorated with a cascade of thousands of woollen poppies knitted and crocheted by residents.

People from Chesterfield and north Derbyshire – including ex-pats from across the world – have smashed the original target to produce 15,000 knitted, crocheted or felt poppies to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War with more than 40,000 produced.

Councillor Steve Brunt, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for town centres and visitor economy, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of people who have taken the time and effort to produce these poppies to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.”

There will also be poppy displays at a number of other town centre locations including Chesterfield’s Market Hall and in the Pavements Shopping Centre there is a display of purple poppies remembering the fallen animals from the 1st World War. You can read more about the Purple Poppy Appeal here.

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