Bea­con will shine from Town Hall

Rochdale Observer - - REMEMBRANCE SPECIAL -

A BEA­CON will be lit out­side the town hall to­mor­row evening as part of a na­tion­wide event to mark the cen­te­nary of the end of the First World War.

There will be a mov­ing post­script to the Re­mem­brance Day com­mem­o­ra­tions when a bea­con is lit to mark the mo­ment when peace broke out in 1918.

It will be one of hun­dreds of Bea­cons of Light that will shine brightly across the coun­try to­mor­row at 7pm as part of a na­tional Bat­tle’s Over eu­logy.

Rochdale’s bea­con light­ing will be pre­ceded by the play­ing of the Last Post by the Ceno­taph at 6.55pm.

The spe­cial evening event will con­clude a day of re­flec­tion and re­mem­brance across the bor­ough of Rochdale to mark the 100th an­niver­sary of Ar­mistice Day.

Fol­low­ing the bea­con light­ing churches across the coun­try, in­clud­ing St Chad’s in Rochdale and St Thomas in Ne­whey, will ring their bells at 7.05pm in a united cel­e­bra­tion of peace.

The Bat­tle’s Over trib­ute is the vi­sion of Pageant­mas­ter Bruno Peek, who has or­gan­ised in­ter­na­tional events for nearly 40 years. Thou­sands of bea­cons are ex­pected to be lit through­out the land.

Coun­cil­lor Janet Em­s­ley, the coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­ber for the armed forces, said: “This is a lovely way to con­clude the day’s re­mem­brance events and the light­ing of the bea­con, with the stun­ning back­drop of Rochdale Town Hall, will be a re­ally mov­ing oc­ca­sion.

“It would be lovely to see peo­ple turn­ing out to mark the time when the guns fell quiet and peace broke out across Eu­rope.”

The Bat­tle’s Over ser­vice out­side Rochdale Town Hall is open to ev­ery­one to at­tend.

●●The Ceno­taph in the town cen­tre

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