Battle’s Over 11 November 2018~ Upchurch Remembers


Upchurch – 100 years of remembrance

Upchurch is playing its part in Battle’s Over, an international commemoration marking 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of World War I.

Organised by Pageantmaster Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, Battle’s Over takes place on November 11th 2018, with events throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, and at scores of locations overseas, including New Zealand, Ireland, Australia, Bermuda, France, Belgium, Canada, the United States and Germany.

It begins at 6:00am with over 1,000 lone pipers playing Battle’s O’er, a traditional Scottish air played after a battle, outside cathedrals and other individual locations throughout the country and overseas, following which a specially written tribute will be read out.

At 6:55pm buglers will sound the Last Post at more than 1,000 locations, where at 7:00pm WW1 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 over 1,000 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. Also at 7:05pm, more than 140 town criers will perform a specially written Cry for Peace Around the World, the first of them in New Zealand and then across the globe through the various time zones.

Please join us

Upchurch’s WWI Beacon of Light, Brazier will be installed at the Recreation Ground on a four metre high oak post with a steel basket on the top. There will be an arm on one side of the post which will have a shield on it, one side depicting the trenches and the other with soldiers at ease in respect of their fallen comrades.

A memorial bench has been purchased to complement the beacon. It has been suggested that Oak Lane be closed to traffic, from Bishop Lane to the surgery, to prevent drivers being distracted during the Beacon of Light event, this will also mean there will be hard standing for residents should the Recreation Ground be wet.