Throughout 2018 a collaborative effort between interested parties from Leadgate Area Partnership, Leadgate Task Force and Leadgate Community History Group came together to plan events to mark the Centenary of the Armistice which came into force at 11am on the 11th November 1918.
This very ambitious project was taken on by Andy Plant and involved many hours of research, not only finding the men but also finding their ties to the Leadgate of that time.
Andy, as part of his project, produced a memorial card for each man and these were placed on the buildings that now stand where they had lived.
Leadgate Village Community History Group has worked at documenting Andy's database with a view of giving it an interactive presence on this website.
The Silent Soldier was an initiative of the Royal British Legion to mark the centenary. This initiative caught the public imagination throughout the year, Leadgate was no exception. Fund raising events were organised by Leadgate Task Force, these were so successful that they managed to purchase 2 Silhouettes. A 3rd Silhouette was purchased by LAP and Community Centre.
From mid October Leadgate Task Force were out in the village putting up lamp post poppies in time for the annual village Remembrance Sunday Parade. Due to the North East weather (very strong winds) some of the poppies had
to be replaced before the day.
Thanks to some sterling efforts by Andy Plant, Andy Harney, Ian Bone and Janet Lavery the preparation for the Centenary parade was completed.