Titchfield Bonfire Boys Society will be commemorating 100 years since the end of World War 1 on Sunday when a beacon is will be lit on Barry’s Meadow.
The ‘Battles Over’ group have organised 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.
Nationally It all begins at 6am on Sunday 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.
That evening 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.
Here in Titchfield, at 7pm, the beacon will be lit on Barry’s Meadow.
Angela Mayne, Chairman of Titchfield Bonfire Boys Society, 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.”
Timetable for Sunday evening
18:15 Tea, coffee and mince pies in the Parish Room
18:45 approx Torch led procession from war memorial to beacon
18:58 Reading of the ‘Tribute to the Millions’
19:00 Beacon lighting
Thanks to One Stop for their support and donation of the refreshments.