A call for peace

The News (New Glasgow) - - REMEMBRANCE DAY -

New Glas­gow town crier Jim Ste­wart will be a part of a unique event mark­ing the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of the First World War.

Ste­wart will be one of 140 town criers that will de­liver a spe­cially writ­ten cry for peace around the world.

Ste­wart is play­ing his part in Bat­tle’s Over, an in­ter­na­tional com­mem­o­ra­tion mark­ing 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the First World War.

The first cry will be de­liv­ered on Nov. 11 at 7:05 p.m. in New Zea­land and then will be de­liv­ered across the globe through the var­i­ous time zones. The New Glas­gow event will take place on Nov. 11 at 7:05 p.m. in Carmichael Park in front of the War Me­mo­rial.

Ste­wart said he first heard about the Bat­tle’s Over event about six or eight months ago when an in­vite was sent out by Bat­tle’s Over pageant master Bruno Peek of the UK, en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to take part.

In ad­di­tion to town criers, Ste­wart said there will also be bag­pipers play­ing and church bells ring­ing.

He said it’s rel­a­tively easy to or­ga­nize town criers for a project like this be­cause there are only about 300 of them in the world and they’re con­nected in groups on Face­book.

Ap­prox­i­mately 140 criers are par­tic­i­pat­ing and they will all read the same cry. Ste­wart said he feels hon­oured to be part of it.

“It just makes you re­al­ize how small the world is,” he said.

He’ll know some of the criers tak­ing part as he’s met them at town cry­ing com­pe­ti­tions in places like the UK and Ber­muda.

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

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New Glas­gow Town Crier Jim Ste­wart will be tak­ing part in an in­ter­na­tional event com­mem­o­rat­ing the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of the First World War.

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