Churches to hold First World War commemoration services

Father Nicholas Clews

Father Nicholas Clews

First published in News

TWO churches in Bradford and Pudsey will mark the centenary of the First World War with a weekend of special services.

St James the Great, Galloway Lane, Pudsey will be holding a Vigil for Peace on the eve of the centenary, Sunday, August 3, at 6pm.

St Margaret's' Church, based in the Thornbury Centre, Leeds Old Road, Bradford will be holding a similar vigil the following day at 12.30pm.

Both services will feature war poetry, music, readings, reflection and prayers as the conflict is marked. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Father Nicholas Clews (pictured), who is the priest in charge of both parishes, said: "It was always built as the war to end all wars. It was a real tragedy.

"It's the kind of event that leaves a lump in people's throat.

"The prayer will be conducted in a spirit of penitence, for war is a great evil and is inflicted by humanity on humanity.

"It will also be conduced on the basis that we are first and foremost human beings.

"We hope that people of German, Austrian or Turkish descent will feel as able to take part as those who are British.

"It will be same service replicated in both venues."

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