In addition to the usual Armistice Day parades, St Helens will participate in the national tribute event to commemorate 100 years since the end of World War I, the Beacons of Light tribute. In remembrance of the end of the war and many who were killed and wounded, a Beacon of Light will be lit at 7pm on 11th November 2018. The Beacon symbolises the “light of hope” that emerged from the darkness of war.
The borough of St Helens 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, 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, over 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, where at 7pm beacons will be lit 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 over 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 7.05, 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.
The St Helens Beacon of Light ceremony will take place at Taylor Park, Regents Road, St Helens WA10 3HX at 6.30pm on the evening of Sunday 11th November 2018. Please meet outside the Boathouse cafe. The Beacon lighting site is a short walk past the Ranger Centre.
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.