Commemorating 100 years since the end of WWI

November 11th 2018

Penistone Remembers is an event organised by the community for the community. We are playing our part in Battle’s Over, an international commemoration marking 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of World War I.

Taking place at St John the Baptist’s Church, Penistone on Sunday 11th November between 5pm & 7.30pm, the interactive free event aims to remember the fallen of the First World War.  Experience the sounds of war time Britain. What was it like being in a trench? Listen to music and songs from the time. Make a lantern to signify peace. Dress up and have your photo taken. Read letters from the soldiers. Authentic War memorabilia will be on display, along with war time refreshments.

At 6.55pm buglers will sound the Last Post and then at 7pm a beacon will be lit as part of a national tribute called Beacons of Light, signifying the light of peace that emerged from the darkness of four years of war. The church bells will be rung at 7.05pm as part of a national Ringing Out for Peace. 

Rebeca Barnett 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.”

Penistone Remembers has received funding from the Penistone Ward Alliance to put on the event.  A free newspaper has also been compiled which covers local stories during the Great War. Copies will go to all schools as well as local shops/businesses. In addition, the community group successfully bid for and was granted 10 seated silhouettes from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund as part of the national “There But Not There” installation. These will be placed in and around the local community.

Battle’s Over – A Nation’s Tribute has been devised and planned by Pageant master 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 Peek.”

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

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