March 31st 2014


A Festival of Remembrance is set to take place in Derbyshire this year to mark the beginning of the Great War.

The festival will include:

– An event from 27 October to 2 December in the city’s Guildhall that will present information relating to Derby and the wider county in 1914

– An exhibition on 2 November in Derby’s Market Place, which will include representatives from the British Armed Forces

– An event in Derby’s Assembly Rooms on 2 November 2014

The Festival of Remembrance is being organised by East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (RFCA), in conjunction with The Royal British Legion (RBL) and Soldiers Sailors and Airmen Families Association (SSAFA).

County Chairman Phil Giles, from the RFCA’s Derbyshire County Committee, said: “The aim of the Festival of Remembrance is to commemorate the outbreak of World War One. Each of the events planned will include informative and educational content relating to what Derbyshire looked like in August 1914.

“The exhibitions will also include information relating to local units mobilised in 1914 and a range of historical artefacts relating to the period in time.”