Remembrance Day

WITH this year set to mark the centenary of the end of WWI, Penzance Town Council is inviting the community to attend several special events taking place in Penzance during Remembrance Sunday on 11th November.

The mornings proceedings will begin with a Civic Parade taking place at 10.10am from St John's Hall to St Mary's Church in Chapel Street.  Commencing at 10.45am, St Mary's will then hold a commemorative service led by Rev Sian Yates. The service will incorporate the traditional two-minute silence at 11am and culminate in the ringing of church bells across the nation.

Due to the current road closure and drilling works taking place at Battery Rocks, wreath layers will then lay wreaths at the War Memorial on behalf of the community.

Penzance Town Council is also 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 is an international commemoration 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.

The event in Penzance will be held in St Anthony's Gardens, Battery Road, Penzance (opposite Jubilee Pool) commencing at 6.30pm with a lone piper playing traditional tunes from the era, including 'Battle's O'er' a traditional Scottish air played after a battle.

From 6.40pm there will be the reading of WWI poetry and then at 6.55pm a lone bugler will sound the Last Post along with buglers at more than 1,000 locations.  At 7pm a beacon 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.

At 7.05pm Penzance's Deputy Town Crier will join more than 140 town criers performing 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 timetable for the event is as follows:

6.30pm      Gathering of participants and playing of bagpipes

6.40pm      Reading of WWI poetry

6.55pm      Last Post

7.00pm      Lighting of Beacon of Light

7.05pm      Cry for Peace Around the World                                                                                                                                                              

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.

"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 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. It has been a privilege to work on this project with the support of so many amazing organisations," said Bruno Peek.

Battle's Over - A Nation's Tribute also features a special tribute to a group of unsung heroes - The WW1 Tunnellers, many of whom were recruited from the Cornish mines.

The work of the WW1 Tunnellers has been acknowledged in a Lamplight of Peace, commissioned by Bruno Peek and lit at a special service at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior, Westminster Abbey, London, on August 4th, 2018. It sheds light on a special breed of men who fought on the Western Front, digging tunnels and laying explosives beneath the German trenches.

The Lamp is currently being kept alight by the event's four official charities - Royal Naval Association, ABF The Soldiers Charity, Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund and the Merchant Navy Association, before being returned to the Grave of the Unknown Warrior, Westminster Abbey for 6am on 11th November where a lone piper from the Air Training Corps will play Battle's O'er.

The British Army had about 25,000 trained tunnellers, mostly volunteer coal miners, but they operated in such secrecy that little was known of their exploits for years after the war.

More information on Battle's Over can be found at http://www.brunopeek.co.uk/battles-over

All are welcome to attend the day's events, with Hester Hunt, Town Clerk saying: "In addition to the morning service, Penzance Town Council is proud to be playing a part in this historic international event to commemorate the centenary of the end of the Great War.

"We hope the local community will come along and pay their respects and recognise the contribution and sacrifice made by the men and women from our own community."