Beacons to be lit to mark the end of World War One

Published Wednesday, 7th November 2018

Beacons will be lit across Worcestershire this Sunday to mark 100 years since the end of World War One.

WW1 Beacons of Light is part of a nationwide Day of Commemorative Events marking the Centenary of the end of the First World War and paying tribute to the millions killed or wounded in battle, and those on the home front who struggled amidst pain and loss to help ensure freedom survived.

Over 1000 Beacons of Light symbolising an end to the darkness of war and a return to the light of peace will be lit at 7pm on Sunday 11 November.

Worcestershire County Council is playing its part in the commemorations by lighting a beacon on the Malvern Hills.

The beacon lighting will be attended by Deputy Lieutenant Mr Andrew Duncan, Cllr Brandon Clayton Chairman of Worcestershire County Council and Chairman from Wychavon and Malvern Hills councils.

The Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Worcestershire will light the beacon at 7pm.

Alan Smith, Partnership Manager at Worcestershire County 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 100 years ago by the men and women of Worcestershire.”

Battle’s Over – A Nation’s Tribute has been devised and planned by Pageantmaster Bruno Peek. He has organised major royal celebrations and international events for more than 36 years and has been working on Battle’s Over for more than four years.

Pageantmaster Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, organiser of Battle's Over, 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. I feel so proud and privileged to have been able to work on this unique, historic “people's commemoration” involving the thousands of individuals, organisations and others to ensure those that gave so much to ensure we all enjoy the freedom enjoy today, will and  never be forgotten,”

There will also be a Beacon lit in Fort Royal Park in Worcester as part of the free Worcestershire Remembers event. This event will include a performance by Dancefest and poetry readings.