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WW1 Beacons of Light Ceremony

Posted Thursday, 11 October 2018

  • WW1 Beacons of Light Ceremony in Kirkby Lonsdale - 11 November 2018

In addition to the annual Remembrance Service on 11th November, Kirkby Lonsdale will be taking part in the national commemorative Beacon lighting to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1.

The beacon, in the Play Park, will be one of hundreds throughout the country to be lit at 7pm.

Refreshments will be available and the town's Brass Band has been invited to play appropriate music between 6.45pm and 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome to witness this historic event.

This is your chance to pay your personal and community tribute to those millions that gave their lives for their country during the dreadful darkness of four years of War 1914–18.

2018, the UK has been marking the centenary of the end of World War One 1914–18, a conflict which had an impact on millions of UK residents. The town's contribution to the British Armed Forces saw many young men sent off to war. A great number never returned home, either killed in action or succumbing to disease, whilst others were seriously wounded. The impact of this devastating loss was felt the length and breadth of the country, and today almost every village and town has its own memorial to those who died.

On 3 August 1914, Britain's Foreign Minister, Sir Edward Grey, was looking out of his office window. It was dusk, and the gas lights were being lit along London's Mall, leading to Buckingham Palace, when he remarked to a friend, "The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime." Our country was about to be plunged into the darkness of the First World War, and it would be four long years before Britain and Europe would again experience the light of peace.

In commemoration and remembrance of the end of the war and the many millions who were killed or came home dreadfully wounded, 1000 Beacons of Light will be lit at 7pm on 11th November 2018 throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories - a century after the guns fell silent. The event will also commemorate the huge army of men and women on the home front who, often in dangerous and exhausting conditions, underpinned the war effort - keeping the wheels of industry turning, bringing the harvests home to ensure the nation did not starve.