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Commemorative events 2020





 21st October 2019

 Skipton's War Memorial to be lit up for first time in its 100 year history

 By Lesley Tate Senior Reporter- Craven Herald

Skipton War Memorial


   Skipton War Memorial


SKIPTON War Memorial is to be lit up in time for this year’s Remembrance Day on Monday, November 11.


For the first time in its 100 year history, the memorial at the top of Skipton High Street will be floodlit, so even in the dark, winter months, people will be able to see it.


Barry Blood, president of the Skipton branch of the Royal British Legion, said the RBL had for some time believed the war memorial - referred to by some as the cenotaph - would benefit from lighting.


“The War Memorial is a prominent feature of the High Street which pays homage to the fallen of Skipton and Craven who made the ultimate sacrifice in order to preserve the democratic and free society that citizens of the United Kingdom all enjoy,” he said.


The lighting project was initiated and led by Mr Blood and former branch chairman, Keith Wright, and paid for with donations from Craven district councillors Chris Harbron and Paul Whitaker, Skipton Building Society and Skipton BID.


“The Royal British Legion would also like to thank the officers of Skipton Town Council who assisted with gaining the relevant planning permissions and commissioning the lighting installation,” said Mr Blood.


“A lot of hard work went on behind the scenes, we are very grateful to everyone who helped.”






 A special service will take place on Sunday 14 July at 1.00pm at Holy Trinity Church in Skipton. The service will be to formally lay up the standard which has been paraded locally for many years but as no-one is left who is able to parade the standard it will be handed into the safe keeping of the church where it will be displayed for future years.


Past members of the Airedale Airborne Forces Association are cordially invited to attend along with other ex and current members of the Airborne Forces. The Skipton Branch of the Royal British Legion have given their support to this event and it is hoped that Legion Members, friends and families, will attend, also members of all other Military Associations, cadets etc. are very welcome. The service will be followed by a reception at the Three Links Club in Skipton and all will be welcome.



Skipton parade commemorates Armed Forces Day- 24th June 2019

By Viv Mason