As most will be aware, Sunday, November the 11th 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, and the end of the First World War. Llandudno has always been a town which has been shaped quite significantly by the armed forces, and as a result, the town holds an annual parade in honour of all who have fought for the country by sacrificing themselves in order to secure and protect our freedom.
It is important, we think, to remember the dead, but not forgetting about the living is just as important. Remembrance Day, for most, is synonymous with the Poppy Appeal – well known to all in the UK. The Poppy Appeal raises funds for the British Legion, who provide lifelong support for the Armed Forces Community, and is most known by leading the way in remembrance on November the 11th.
There are a number of remembrance services going on of the weekend of the 11th of November, with a number of additional services and events intended to mark the Centenary of the First World War.
Events in Llandudno
In Llandudno, starting at 4:30pm on Friday the 9th going into Saturday the 10th of November, the Home Front Museum and the local branch of the British Legion is hosting a very special event in order to honour Llandudno and Penrhynside’s fallen – 212 total – who died during World War I.
The event will be the projection of the names and the faces of these soldiers onto the side of St John’s Church on Mostyn Street- and the Home Front Museum has endeavoured to gain a large collection of photographs and stories about each man. Furthermore, a local artist, Cristina Mitchell, is donating an artwork named “Our Soldiers Are Heroes”, that took her three years and eight months to finish, in the ceremony. We’re very much looking forward to seeing it.
On the 11th of November 2018, A Divine Service will be held at Holy Trinity Church in honour of the fallen of World War I. This will then be followed by a parade to the War Memorial at the Promenade for the laying of wreaths and of course, the Two-Minute Silence.
If you would like, you’re more than welcome to take a short walk to our hotel on Llandudno’s promenade afterwards. We’ll be open all day, and our restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy a cup of coffee, cake, and a good chat.