BEACONS of light will shine out across the UK to mark the day the guns fell silent at the end of the Great War. An international campaign of Remembrance will see towns and villages across the country and beyond hold special services and light specially designed beacons to mark 100 years since the end of the conflict. Cheadle, Dilhorne, Croxden, Rocester, Kingsley, Cotton, Draycott-in-the-Moors and Cheddleton and Wetley Rocks are all taking part in the 'Battle's Over' commemoration on Sunday, November 11.
Organised by Pageantmaster Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, Battle’s Over events will be held throughout the UK, Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and at locations overseas, including New Zealand, Ireland, Australia, Bermuda, France, Belgium, Canada, the United States and Germany.
The Remembrance observances will begin at 6am on November 11 when more than 1,000 lone pipers will play Battle’s O’er, a traditional Scottish air played after a battle.
At 6.55pm buglers will sound the Last Post at more than 1,000 locations, and at 7pm WWI Beacons of Light will be lit in a tribute signifying the light of peace that emerged from the darkness of four years of war.
Then at 7.05pm churches and cathedrals will ring their bells as part of ringing out for peace organised in association with the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers, which represents 65 societies of ringers from the British Isles and overseas.
At the same time, more than 140 town criers will perform a specially written Cry for Peace Around the World, the first in New Zealand and then across the globe through the various time zones.
In Cheadle events will begin at 1.45pm for a march from Tape Street car park to St Giles the Abbot Church ahead of a Remembrance service at 2pm.
The congregation will then parade to the War Memorial at Tean Road recreation ground for the laying of wreaths.
At 6pm the Battle’s Over – A Nation’s Tribute service of peace and light will be held at St Giles the Abbot Church with the congregation assembling outside the building at 6.55pm ready for the Last Post, bell-ringing and beacon lighting at 7pm.
Croxden Parish Council will light their beacon at Wood Farm, Greatgate at 7pm. People attending are encouraged to wear boots and warm clothes and refreshments will be provided.
The Remembrance event at Dilhorne Recreation Centre is from 4pm to 8pm and will include the Last Post and lighting of a beacon.
Joanne Darrant, of Dilhorne Recreation Centre, said: “We are proud to be playing a part in this historic international event to commemorate the centenary of the end of the Great War, and to recognise the contribution and sacrifice made by the men and women from our own community, we have an exciting evening planned with help from the local historical society, the church and local primary school.”
Tickets are free via Eventbrite, but are required for catering purposes.
Cotton Parish Council’s events begin with a Remembrance service at the War Memorial in Main Road, Cotton at 11am, followed by light refreshments at The Cross Inn at Cauldon Lowe.
Then at 7pm a beacon will be lit at The Cross Inn and a poem will be read out. Refreshments will follow at 7.45pm and at 8pm competition entries by pupils from The Faber School at Cotton and Waterhouses Primary School will be displayed and winners announced by Cllr Mike Worthington.
A raffle will be drawn at 8.30pm.
A Scottish piper will perform Battle’s O’er at Kingsley War Memorial in Dovedale Road at 6am on November 11, starting a day-long programme of Remembrance events.
The piper will also perform regimental airs associated with the Black Watch and Sea Forth Highlanders, in Remembrance of two of the fallen from those regiments who were from the village.
The performance will be followed by free refreshments.
At 10.55am villagers will once more gather at the War Memorial for an Act of Remembrance before a service at St Werburgh’s Church followed again by free refreshments in church where some of the research from the Kingsley Remembers project launched in 2014 will be on display.
At 6.55pm residents will return to the War Memorial for the Last Post and lighting of a beacon at 7pm followed by the Ringing Out for Peace at St Werburgh’s at 7.05pm.
Evening refreshments will be provided in church where the Kingsley Remembers exhibition will still be in display.
Organisers are appealing for a musician to perform the Last Post at 7pm on November 11.
Villagers at Draycott-in-the-Moors will hear bell-ringers at their parish church join tower teams across the nation in the Ringing Out For Peace.
John Clarke of St Margaret’s Church, Draycott-in-the-Moors, said: “We are proud to be playing a part in this historic international event to commemorate the centenary of the end of the Great War, and to recognise the contribution and sacrifice made by the men and women from our own community.”
Pageantmaster Bruno Peek has been working on Battle’s Over – A Nation’s Tribute for more than four years.
He said: “It’s wonderful to see the event being embraced by so many organisations and communities in this country and around the world.
“The centenary of the end of the Great War is an opportunity to acknowledge the enormous sacrifice made by the millions of men and women who died or were wounded, as well as those who worked tirelessly at home in our fields and factories.
“It has been a privilege to work on this project with the support of so many amazing organisations.”
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