Roar­ing cho­rus to ring out across Hamil­ton

Hamilton News - - FRONT PAGE - Tom Row­land

The bell of South­well School’s chapel will ring out across Hamil­ton on Armistice Day on Novem­ber 11, to help recre­ate the “roar­ing cho­rus” of cel­e­bra­tion that sounded across the world on Novem­ber 11 1918 when news broke that World War I had ended.

Churches and cathe­drals with bell-tow­ers through­out New Zealand will be ring­ing out for up to 45 min­utes.

There are mul­ti­ple com­mu­nity com­mem­o­ra­tions na­tion­wide (see Pg 2) in­cor­po­rat­ing a Roar­ing Cho­rus in var­i­ous ways, in­clud­ing vin­tage car horns, a mine siren, songs, drum­ming, cheer­ing, bells, and even fire sirens and ship horns.

“The Roar­ing Cho­rus in­vites com­mu­ni­ties to break the si­lence in a way that is rel­e­vant to them, and it is great that so many com­mu­ni­ties and or­gan­i­sa­tions are join­ing the cam­paign,” Di­rec­tor of the World War I Cen­te­nary Pro­gramme WW100, Sarah Davies, says.

“At the an­nounce­ment of the armistice, The Evening Post re­ported that in Welling­ton there were ‘songs and cheers, mis­cel­la­neous pip­ings and blast­ings, and toot­ings and rat­tlings — a roar­ing cho­rus of glad­some sounds’.”

In Otago, it was re­ported that ‘all the steam whis­tles and church bells in the dis­trict were go­ing, and each rail­way en­gine in pass­ing added its quote to the gen­eral re­joic­ing’.

On the 100th an­niver­sary next week emer­gency ser­vices con­tri­bu­tion will in­volve avail­able fire ap­pli­ances sound­ing their sirens from sta­tion fore­courts na­tion­wide, while trains and fer­ries will also sound their horns in cel­e­bra­tion.

New Zealand Po­lice will ac­knowl­edge the event with po­lice car sirens “should cir­cum­stances al­low”.

At 11.02am on Sun­day 11 Novem­ber 11 2018, the roar­ing cho­rus will break the two-minute si­lence of re­mem­brance be­ing ob­served na­tion­wide at 11am.

Photo / Tom Row­land

South­well head­mas­ter Ja­son Speedy, sac­ristans Sa­muel En­gel­brecht, Ni­amh Mccor­mack and school chap­lain Reverend Canon Neale Troon pre­pare to ring the bell at South­well school’s chapel.

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