1 – 27 July 2019: World War One Peace Day Centenary Events

11am Friday 19th July 2019 – Peace Day ceremonial tree planting in West Park

Monday 1st to Saturday 27th July 2019 – Exhibition in Macclesfield Library

Free Admission

Although hostilities ceased in November 1918, it was not until the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June 1919 that the Great War officially ended. To mark this event, celebrations were held; in Britain, 19th July 1919 – Peace Day – was declared a public holiday.

Celebrations in Macclesfield were held at Park Green and in the public parks, where there were entertainments and fireworks, and an oak sapling was planted by the Mayor and Mayoress using a ceremonial spade.


Photo: Macclesfield Times, 25 July 1919

To mark the centenary of Peace Day, Macclesfield Town Council will replicate the oak planting ceremony in West Park at 11am on Friday 19th July, near the walled memorial garden.



In addition, an exhibition about the aftermath of the war, presented by the Macclesfield and District World War One Centenary Committee on behalf of Macclesfield Town Council, will be on display in the upstairs gallery in Macclesfield Library (during library opening hours) until 12 noon on the last Saturday in July. For opening times, a location map and other information about the library, please click here.

Visitors to the exhibition are invited to leave comments in the visitor book and any information about WWI or WWII documents and artefacts, or ‘lost’ war memorials, is particularly welcome.


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