On 11th November 2018, St Lawrence Church will be part of 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 11th November 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. Also at 7.05pm, 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.
At St Lawrence Church, there will be a special service commencing at 6.30pm, which will incorporate the ringing of the bells at 7.05pm.