Bilston is getting ready to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War with a fortnight of commemorative events.

A host of events have been organised to take place in a number of venues in Bilston Town Centre as residents, businesses and community groups prepares to remember those who gave their lives in the conflict.

Steering group Bilston Remembered, made up of representatives from organisations across the town, was set up to deliver a 2 week programme of events.

The first of these will be a parade through the town centre on Saturday (2 August), which will start at 9.45am on the pedestrianised area next to Jobcentre Plus.

The parade will see Standards from Burma Star, Korean Ex-Vets, United Ex-Servicemen and St. Leonard's Church Bell Ringers taking part.

Other events taking place during the fortnight includes a World War One exhibition by Black Country Memories Club at Bilston Town Hall from 5 to 7 August.

A 3 day beer festival will take place at Café Metro from 8 to 10 August, while film show War Horse, organised by the Friends of Bilston Town Hall, will be held on 11 August from 1pm and feature a guest appearance by Slade's Don Powell.

The fortnight of events will end on 16 August when there will be a Remembrance Service and parade, led by the Royal British Legion, at St Leonard's Church.

Bilston Fire Station will also hold a family fun day from 11am while the grand finale will see Bilston Operatic Society perform a World War One Prom Concert at the town hall from 7pm.

Councillor Steve Simkins, Chairman of Bilston Remembered, said: "It is vitally important that we mark this significant anniversary of the First World War and continue to educate people on what people went through 100 years ago.

"People from across Bilston have come together and worked hard to put on a series of events, exhibitions, live performances and parades in the town over the next 2 weeks.

"Everyone is invited to attend these events and help Bilston commemorate those who sacrificed their lives for us."

Councillor Elias Mattu, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Leisure and Communities, said: "The Bilston Remembered steering group has done an excellent job putting together this programme of events for the town.

"We have a number of events taking place across the whole city and the whole of Wolverhampton will remember."

Information and updates on Bilston Remembered will be posted on the group's Facebook page at Type=links;Linkid=3880;Title=Bilston Remembered;Target=_blank;.

  • released: Thursday 31 July, 2014