Armistice Day centenary events near you
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.
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.
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.
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