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Bag­pipes will play at more than 2,000 lo­ca­tions across the coun­try and around the world, from New Zealand to So­ma­lia, and span­ning ev­ery Com­mon­wealth coun­try. Pipers will play Bat­tle’s O’er – a haunt­ing tune tra­di­tion­ally played at the end of bat­tles.


A Re­mem­brance Ser­vice takes place at the Ceno­taph, where Roy­als and politi­cians will lay wreaths af­ter the two-minute si­lence. Prince Charles – who per­formed the duty last year, right – is ex­pected to lay the first Royal trib­ute. MPs will then lay theirs. Ger­man Pres­i­dent Frank-Wal­ter Stein­meier will also lay a wreath, the first time Ger­many has taken part in the event.


Bells will ring across the coun­try to repli­cate the mo­ment in 1918 when long-silent bells rang out. Brad­ford Cathe­dral’s bells, above, cast in 1922 as a me­mo­rial, have been re­stored and will ring, while in Lon­don, West­min­ster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathe­dral and Big Ben will chime – a rare sound since it was si­lenced in 2017 for re­pairs to

the clock tower.


A Peo­ple’s Pro­ces­sion, with 10,000 mem­bers of the pub­lic, each cho­sen by lot­tery, will file past the Ceno­taph, hav­ing started at Buck­ing­ham Palace (see map). Six bands will play along the route. The event, live on BBC1, has echoes of Novem­ber 1920, above, when the Ceno­taph was un­veiled, and a mil­lion peo­ple flooded past.


In Ed­in­burgh, a free con­cert will take place at the for­mer Craiglock­hart Mil­i­tary Hos­pi­tal, where of­fi­cers were treated for shell­shock. There will be fid­dlers and an orches­tra, and recitals of the po­ems of Wil­fred Owen and Siegfried Sas­soon, who met here. Many other towns and vil­lages will hold me­mo­rial con­certs.


In Rich­mond, South West Lon­don, a Rugby for Heroes team takes on a French Leg­ends side. Team cap­tain Thi­nus Del­port, be­low, mod­els the Heroes’ team shirt. Rich­mond FC and Lon­don Scot­tish FC lost more than 160 play­ers in the war.


At Dun­ston Hall near Nor­wich, The Lon­don Bal­let Com­pany will per­form Poppy, right, por­tray­ing the havoc wreaked by war on or­di­nary peo­ple.

In East Sus­sex, there will be a day of events to mark the ex­tra­or­di­nary sac­ri­fice of the vil­lage of Wad­hurst, which lost 125 of its men.


At the Tower of Lon­don, 10,000 torches will be lit in the moat, cre­at­ing a sea of flames. The cir­cle of light is de­signed by one of the men be­hind the 2014 dis­play of 888,246 ce­ramic pop­pies. The dis­play has burned from 5pm to 9pm all week.


An in­vi­ta­tion-only ser­vice at West­min­ster Abbey will be at­tended by the Queen, Prime Min­is­ter, other Roy­als, MPs, and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of na­tions from both sides in the war. It will be live on BBC1.


As the evening draws in, more than 1,200 bu­glers at lo­ca­tions across the coun­try will play The Last Post. They have been or­gan­ised by Bruno Peek, the renowned pageant mas­ter be­hind na­tional cel­e­bra­tions such as the Queen’s Golden Ju­bilee in Mr 2002. Peek has been plan­ning the na­tion­wide com­mem­o­ra­tions for four years.


An es­ti­mated 1,300 bea­cons will be lit from Unst, the most northerly in­hab­ited is­land in Scot­land, to Corn­wall in the south, and from St David’s, the most west­erly city in Wales, to Low­est­oft, the most east­erly town in Eng­land. Some, such as the one in Ship­ston-on-Stour, War­wick­shire, pic­tured, will be bon­fires, oth­ers will be torches on wooden poles.


As the torches blaze, bells again will ring out in 1,300 churches across the coun­try. Bruno Peek says the torch dis­play sym­bol­ises ‘the light of hope that emerged from the dark­ness of war’.


In a fi­nal flour­ish to the day, 180 town criers na­tion­wide will per­form a ‘cry for peace around the world’. It will be led by Leo Tighe BEM, a Chelsea Pen­sioner.

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