AN impromptu game of football between British and German troops in the trenches will be re-created as part of the commemorations marking 100 years since the end of the First World War in the Dales.

Burton-in-Lonsdale will stage the remembrance football match on Saturday with players wearing sports attire typical of the time.

The famous football match happened in 1914 during an unofficial truce when British and German troops emerged from the trenches to play a game and exchanged Christmas day gifts.

Mark Christie, one of the organisers of the remembrance match, said: “The project aims to commemorate the importance of football to front line soldiers serving in the First World War, as many top football players from the time served in the army and sadly lost their lives.

"The original intention was to recreate the legendary Christmas Day armistice match, but after discussions we opted to play out a match between two Yorkshire teams in period kits from the era – one, Bradford City, who were flying high in the top flight at the time, and the other, Black Burton, the name of the local village non-league team."

Crosses representing the fallen soldiers from the village will be placed around the pitch along with five silhouettes. There will also be a dry ice effect to create a battlefield fog, a soup kitchen as well as match commentary during the game.

The match is part of a weekend of Remembrance Centenary events in the village, which include two concerts, a beacon lighting ceremony and an exhibition. Kick off is at 10.30 am at the recreation ground.