Pages of the Sea programme unveiled

THE programme of events has been unveiled for the unique Pages of the Sea event, which will be held in Lyme Regis on Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day.

It was announced last week that Lyme Regis was one of just 30 coastal towns across the country selected to host the event to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Pages of the Sea has been commissioned by Academy Award-winning film producer Danny Boyle for 14-18 NOW – a major cultural programme to mark the WWI centenary – which has partnered with arts organisations across the country to deliver the events at beaches across the country.

Activate Performing Arts will lead the events in Lyme Regis and Weymouth, with huge crowds expected on Lyme Regis beach following the usual Remembrance Sunday Parade and church service.

Events on the beach will start at 11am on Sunday, November 11, when a large-scale portrait of a casualty from the First World War will be created in the sand by students of the Woodroffe School, and then poignantly washed away as the tide comes in.

In addition, the public will be asked to join in by creating stenciled silhouettes of people in the sand, remembering the millions of lives lost or changed forever by conflict.

Acclaimed poet Carol Ann Duffy has been invited by Boyle to write a new poem especially for the event, which will be performed by singer-songwriter Billy Bragg at 3pm. Open mic sessions will also be held for individuals to share their own words between 2pm and 3pm.

Contributions to share could include existing poems, letters or pieces of writing, or be a new response to the First World War you have created personally or as part of a group. Volunteers are currently being sought to help run the events.

Those interested in volunteering should contact Andrea Frankham-Hughes on 07971 058 336 or register on the website www.activateperformingarts,, where you can also register your interest in sharing words during the open mic sessions. Alternatively, email

To find out more about the events taking place nationally, visit the website


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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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