Armistice Day centenary events near you

Nottingham Post - - NOTTINGHAMSHIRE REMEMBERS - By SI­MON WIL­SON AND OONAGH ROBIN­SON news­desk@not­ting­ham­post.com

A MOV­ING pro­gramme of mu­sic and read­ings at the War Me­mo­rial at Vic­to­ria Em­bank­ment will be the cen­tre­piece of Not­ting­hamshire’s trib­ute to those who lost their lives in the First World War.

Mark­ing the centenary of the end of the con­flict to­mor­row, it will run from 6.30pm to 10pm and also in­clude light­ing and video pro­jec­tions, po­etry and bell ring­ing.

It will fo­cus on the 14,000 lo­cal men and women who died in the devastating con­flict, which ran from 1914-1918.

“Bat­tle’s Over - A Na­tion’s Trib­ute” is part of a na­tion­wide day of events pay­ing trib­ute to the mil­lions killed or wounded in the First World War.

“We hope as many peo­ple from Not­ting­ham as pos­si­ble will be able to at­tend our com­mem­o­ra­tion events where we re­mem­ber and pay our re­spects and thanks to the 14,000 men and women who lost their lives,” said Coun­cil­lor Dave Trim­ble, port­fo­lio holder for leisure and lo­cal­i­ties at Not­ting­ham City Coun­cil.

“We are proud to be work­ing with a range of part­ners to pro­vide trib­utes that will speak to peo­ple of all ages and tell some of the most com­pelling sto­ries of the war.”

The evening is free to at­tend but do­na­tions will raise money for the planned new me­mo­rial, which will list the names of all the peo­ple from the city and county who per­ished in the Great War.

Ear­lier in the day the tra­di­tional two-minute si­lence and wreath-lay­ing for Remembrance Sun­day - the an­nual mark of re­spect for those who lost their lives in all con­flicts will take place at the War Me­mo­rial at 11am.

A larger and en­hanced view­ing area will be cre­ated to en­sure that more peo­ple can be ac­com­mo­dated at the cer­e­mony.

Fur­ther pa­rades and ser­vices are be­ing held across the county, in­clud­ing the South Notts Hus­sars, who will march from St Mary’s Church to the Coun­cil House, start­ing at around 10.45am, fol­lowed by the fir­ing of a gun to mark the end of the two min­utes’ si­lence.

Here is the full list of events tak­ing place across Notts this week­end:

War Me­mo­rial, Vic­to­ria Em­bank­ment

6.30pm - 10pm: Bat­tle’s Over - A Na­tion’s Trib­ute. A pro­gramme of mu­sic, read­ings and po­etry, in­clud­ing light­ing and video pro­jec­tions, plus bell ring­ing and more, hosted by BBC Ra­dio Not­ting­ham’s John Holmes, will be the cen­tre­piece of the county’s remembrance events. 6.30pm: War Me­mo­rial is lit up as BBC Ra­dio Not­ting­ham pre­sen­ter John Holmes in­tro­duces the evening, in­clud­ing how Not­ting­hamshire reg­i­ments/bat­tal­ions played a part in the war. He will also high­light the con­tri­bu­tion made by Com­mon­wealth troops and those of other na­tion­al­i­ties to the win­ning of the war.

6.55pm: Last Post is played in front of the me­mo­rial.

7.00pm: Not­ting­ham’s bea­con will be

lit. 7.05pm: Bells ring out to repli­cate what hap­pened on the same night ex­actly 100 years ago.

7.07pm: Cry of Peace around the world read by Tom Huggen, while the names of the 13,429 Not­ting­hamshire WW1 ca­su­al­ties scroll on a big screen and fall­ing pop­pies are pro­jected on to the sur­face of the War Me­mo­rial. The rest of the evening un­til 10pm will in­clude:

■■ Images of the In­dian Army in WW1 pro­jected on a screen

■■ A read­ing of the Trib­ute to Mil­lions

■■ South Notts Men’s Cho­rus will sing a med­ley of songs in­clud­ing It’s A Long Way To Tip­per­ary, Roses of Pi­cardy, Over There, Keep The Home Fires burn­ing and Pack Up Your Trou­bles In Your Old Kit Bag.

■■ An over­view of the war

■■ Fan­fare for Hope for five trum­pets is played

■■ De­tails of the new war me­mo­rial project

Not­ting­ham City Cen­tre 10.45am: The South Notts Hus­sars will set off from St Mary’s Church and march to the Coun­cil House in Old Mar­ket Square. At 11.02am guns will be fired to mark the end of the two min­utes’ si­lence.

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The main pa­rade will start from Church Drive, with a ser­vice at St Paul’s Church at 9.30am. The group will then head along Mans­field Road towards Arnot Hill Park and the War Me­mo­rial for the tra­di­tional wreath­lay­ing event. Bee­ston Mem­bers of the 170 En­gi­neer Group will pa­rade with the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion and uni­formed youth or­gan­i­sa­tions to Bee­ston War Me­mo­rial, Mid­dle Street, for the two min­utes’ si­lence and wreath-lay­ing at 11am, fol­lowed by a church ser­vice at St John the Bap­tist Church. Long Ea­ton

Mass at St Lau­rence’s Church at 9.30am, fol­lowed by a pa­rade by the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion from West Gate car park at 10.10am to the War Me­mo­rial at 10.30am, with a ser­vice and wreath-lay­ing from 10.45am.

Ilke­ston

Ser­vice of Remembrance at St Mary’s Church at 10am, with a pa­rade by the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion from South Street Car Park, ac­com­pa­nied by Ilke­ston Brass Band, at 10.15am, ar­riv­ing at the Ceno­taph for the wreath-lay­ing cer­e­mony at 10.30am.

West Bridg­ford Ser­vice of Remembrance at St Giles’ Church at 9am, fol­lowed by wreath­lay­ing at the War Me­mo­rial, Musters Road, at 10.50am.

Mans­field

Wreath-lay­ing at Mans­field Civic Cen­tre at 9.15am, fol­lowed by a pa­rade to St Peter’s Church and a ser­vice from 10.55am. The pa­rade will re­turn to Mar­ket Place for a salute in front of the Old Town Hall at noon, end­ing back at the civic cen­tre. Gedling bea­con-light­ing 5.30pm-8.30pm: Gedling will join in the Na­tional Day of Remembrance, with the light­ing of the bea­con at 7pm and bell ring­ing from 7.05pm. Cafe 1899 will also be open un­til 8.30pm, serv­ing a spe­cial menu in­clud­ing stew in a mug, drip­ping sand­wiches, parkin, apri­cot char­lotte and cream teas. There will also be a food van set up on site serv­ing food and drink un­til 8pm. Free. gedling.gov.uk/events

Not­ting­hamshire’s Vic­to­ria Cross World War One He­roes, County Hall, West Bridg­ford

Ex­hi­bi­tion high­light­ing the six men born in Notts who re­ceived the Vic­to­ria Cross - the high­est hon­our for brav­ery - dur­ing the First World War. The tour pro­files Sergeant Wil­liam Henry John­son (Work­sop), Sap­per Wil­liam Hack­ett (Snein­ton), Colonel Sir Charles Ge­of­frey Vick­ers (Not­ting­ham), Cap­tain Al­bert Ball (Len­ton), Lance Cor­po­ral Wil­frid Dolby Fuller (Greasley) and Pri­vate Sa­muel Har­vey (Bul­well) - with a replica of the Vic­to­ria Cross and in­for­ma­tion about other medals awarded for ser­vice dur­ing the Great War.

Remembrance Walks, Clifton Park and Ride and Bar­ton-in-fabis 10.30am: Join Rush­cliffe Ram­blers on one of the group’s two spe­cial walks on Remembrance Sun­day.

Meet at Clifton South park-an­dride site or Manor Road, Bar­ton-in­fabis, for a mod­er­ate walk of ei­ther eight or five miles. De­tails at rush­clif­fer­am­blers.org

EVENTS TAK­ING PLACE THROUGH­OUT NOVEM­BER:

Songs From The End Of The First World War, The­atre Royal Novem­ber 16, 1pm Pi­anist, con­duc­tor and mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Tim Lole and in­ter­na­tional opera bari­tone Garry Magee per­form pop­u­lar Bri­tish songs by Frank Bridge, Roger Quil­ter, John Ire­land and sev­eral other renowned war­time com­posers. Free. trch.co.uk Poppy Art Ex­hi­bi­tion, Rush­cliffe Arena, un­til Novem­ber 16 Thou­sands of hand­made remembrance pop­pies are cur­rently on dis­play at this huge art in­stal­la­tion com­mem­o­rat­ing the 504 Rush­cliffe res­i­dents who were lost in the Great War.

The cascade of flowers made by schools, com­mu­nity groups and in­di­vid­u­als from the bor­ough adorns the atrium stair­case after be­ing cre­ated by lo­cal artist Belinda Poon. It was in­spired by the Tower of Lon­don’s fa­mous Blood Swept Sands and Seas of Red.

The ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures an ad­ja­cent roll of hon­our fea­tur­ing the names of the 504 who died. rush­cliffe.gov.uk

Re­mem­ber­ing Not­ting­ham’s First World War, Univer­sity of Not­ting­ham Novem­ber 19, 11am to 3pm

Walk from the Univer­sity of Not­ting­ham’s main cam­pus to the city cen­tre, dis­cov­er­ing how the First World War touched the lives of lo­cal peo­ple. The tour will be ac­com­pa­nied by maps, pho­tographs and a few songs along the way. Sturdy walk­ing boots and rain coats are rec­om­mended. Free. Book at be­inghu­man­fes­ti­val.org

There will be a larger view­ing area for to­mor­row’s pro­gramme of remembrance at the Vic­to­ria Em­bank­ment war me­mo­rial

Poppy dis­play at St Pa­trick’s Church, Nuthall

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