Football club mark WW1 anniversary

Sue Draper (left) and Ann Richards of Ilkeston Methodist Church visit Nigel Harrop Manager of Ilkeston FC to promote their upcoming special Christmas truce event to remember WWI.
Sue Draper (left) and Ann Richards of Ilkeston Methodist Church visit Nigel Harrop Manager of Ilkeston FC to promote their upcoming special Christmas truce event to remember WWI.

Ilkeston Football Club is to hold a special event to commemorate the 100th year anniversary of the 1914 World War One Christmas Truce.

On December 20, the club will mark the anniversary alongside Ilkeston Methodist Church, by singing Silent Night before their 3pm kick off.

The New Manor Ground will see the Robins lead a short service, including a commemorative reading and singing of the carol as they remember the events of Christmas 1914.

It has been 100 years since British and German soldiers silenced their guns, exchanged gifts, sang Christmas carols, and played football 
together in the mud between their trenches.

Ilkeston FC will be one of 400 sporting venues across the country which will mark the special date.

Ann Richards of Ilkeston Methodist Church said: “We want to spread a message of hope and peace at Christmas time. The football club have been very helpful to us to make this possible.”

A special souvenir programme will be handed out at the event, featuring messages from Prince William and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The message hopes to show the link between the Christmas Truce and the Christmas story.

The Church will be leading the service from 2.15pm onwards.

Ann added: “This is a great way to remember those who are still suffering as a result of war and conflict.”