CHARMOUTH Parish Council will be playing a part in Battle’s Over, an international commemoration marking 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the First World War.
Organised by Pageantmaster Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, Battle’s Over will take place on November 11 with events throughout the UK, 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, to name but a few.
It begins at 6am with lone pipers playing ‘Battle’s O’er’, a traditional Scottish air played after a battle, outside cathedrals in the country, following which a specially written tribute will be read out.
At the same time, more than 1,000 pipers will be playing the tune in individual locations within their local communities.
At 6.55pm buglers will sound the Last Post at more than 1,000 locations, including Charmouth’s Foreshore, where at 7pm a beacon will be lit on Charmouth’s Evans Cliff in a tribute called Beacons of Light, signifying the light of peace that emerged from the darkness of four years of war.
Then at 7.05pm, more than 1,000 church 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.
Charmouth will be taking part in playing the Last Post and the Beacon of Light, starting at 6.55pm on the beach.
Paul Oatway of Charmouth Parish Council 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.”