FOR three days, from tomorrow through to Sunday, a series of events commemorating World War One will take place in Bradford's historic Undercliffe Cemetery.
On all three days, the Peace Museum will have storytelling and poppy-making workshops and the YMCA Bradford will have a replica tea tent and exhibition of their role at home and abroad in WW1.
Tomorrow will also feature actor Tommy Teaches dressed in authentic Bradford Pals uniform, ready to answer questions on the conflict. Saturday will feature the Castaway Community Choir.
There will also be conducted tours of the graves of Bradfordians who fought in the war, such as the three Barraclough brothers Willie, Fred and Charles. Of the three, only Charles, who served with the Green Howards, survived the war.
Both the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Dr Ingrid Roscoe and the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Mike Gibbons, will be attending the open weekend at Undercliffe.
Part of the project called Listen to Our Stories - Thinking About WW1 at Undercliffe Cemetery, is run by Undercliffe Cemetery Charity, which has received a grant of £6,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Commenting on the award, Allan Hillary, chairman of the charity, said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund which will enable us to print our ten-page illustrated booklet and guided tour which will be available as a learning resource for schools and bring WW1 alive by looking at what local people did.
"We are also really excited by the drama piece, Undercliffe, Over by Christmas, being written by Oliver Knight, Tantalus Theatre and directed by Peter Huntley, Second Floor Theatre to be performed in our outdoor theatre space at the Cemetery. I warmly invite everyone to come along and to consider joining our volunteer team.”
Undercliffe Cemetery is listed by English Heritage in its Register of Historic Parks and Gardens as a Grade II* site. From the early 1990s, the site was listed as Grade II but following a review five years ago English Heritage upgraded Undercliffe to Grade II*.
The cemetery, which was opened in 1854 on a 25.5 acre site, now joins the 30 per cent of listed sites nationally which are “considered to be of exceptional historic interest”.
In addition, six of the monuments within Undercliffe Cemetery have Grade II listed status. The cemetery has also been designated as a Conservation Area by Bradford Council.