A RALLYING cry has gone out calling on people in Leeds to be part of a city-wide commemoration to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.

On Sunday, November 11, Leeds will join cities around the UK remembering the historic Armistice signing which brought the conflict to a close a century ago.

To recognise the occasion, Leeds City Council is urging residents to come forward with their own ideas and events to acknowledge the milestone.

Events already planned include a service of civic remembrance of the fallen on November 11, a special display celebrating peace at Leeds City Museum as well as a number of concerts and performances.

Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, said: “The centenary of the Armistice is an event of global significance, but also carries great poignance for Leeds, as we remember the lost lives and reflect on the short-lived peace that followed.

“There are some great events taking place across the city, but we really want local groups to let us know their own plans so we can make this a day which brings the whole city together to commemorate a moment in history which should never be forgotten.”

Almost 10,000 Leeds citizens were killed during the First World War, including George Edwin Ellison, the Leeds-born army private who was the last British soldier to die in the war.

The streets of Leeds erupted in celebration at the news the war was over in 1918. Many men and some women were still mobilised and away from Leeds, so the responses to the Armistice were led by workers, many of them women, and by some university students.

Anyone with a public event planned is asked to contact john.donegan@leeds.gov.uk with full details. Local events will be shared on a forthcoming online What’s On listing.