IPERS will play, beacons will be lit and church bells will ring in all corners of the UK and around the world as communities pay tribute to the First World War fallen 100 years after the conflict ended.
Battle’s Over, described as a nation’s tribute, has been in the planning for four years and will see hundreds of locally-organised events mark the centenary of the Armistice on November 11.
Pageant master Bruno Peek, 67, has co-ordinated the events and says they take their name from the tune that was traditionally played on pipes by the Scottish regiments at the end of a battle, called When The Battle’s Over.
More than 1,300 pipers around the world will play the tune at 6am on the day, from village greens and in high streets, to a lone piper in front of the Tomb Of The Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey in London. The music will also play in New Zealand and Mr Peek says there will be a “swathe of sound across the world”.
The Remembrance Sunday events will be followed in the evening by another emotional musical tribute when more than 1,000 buglers play The Last Post at individual First World War beacon sites. The beacons will be lit at 7pm to signify the light that came out of the darkness of war.
More than 140 town criers will then undertake A Cry For Peace Around The World, and more than 1,000 churches will ring their bells as a finale to the day.
Former welder Mr Peek says: “It’s going to pay tribute to the millions who either died or returned home dreadfully wounded during or after the war finished on November 11, 1918.
“I wanted to put together an international project that was led by the people of the world, not by governments or organisations but real community-based commemorations.’’
Mr Peek says he has worked with town and parish councils and organisations around the world, sending emails from his home in Gorleston-on-Sea near Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, to bring his vision for a tribute to life. “It’s been a long process, but I feel so privileged to be working with so many people who want to pay tribute to those who gave so much so that we enjoy the freedom of speech and movement we have today,’’ he says. The Cry For Peace event takes place at 7.05pm when a