Your de­fin­i­tive guide to a mo­men­tous day

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - Front Page -

06.00 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.

10.00 Mil­i­tary de­tach­ments will muster on the es­planade of Ed­in­burgh Cas­tle be­fore parad­ing to the Stone of Re­mem­brance at the City Cham­bers.

11.00 A Re­mem­brance Ser­vice takes place at the Ceno­taph in Lon­don, 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 FrankWal­ter Stein­meier will also lay a wreath, the first time Ger­many has taken part in the event. The an­nual Re­mem­brance cer­e­mony at the Ceno­taph in Ge­orge Square, Glas­gow, be­gins, and in Ed­in­burgh at the Stone of Re­mem­brance.

11.30 In Ed­in­burgh, all are in­vited to a ser­vice in St Giles’ Cathe­dral.

12.30 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.

12.30 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.

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

15.00 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.

15.00 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.

16.00 Scot­land’s na­tional me­mo­rial ser­vice will be held at Glas­gow Cathe­dral, at­tended by the Princess Royal and First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon.

17.00 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.

18.00 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.

18.55 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 2002. Mr Peek has been plan­ning the na­tion­wide com­mem­o­ra­tions for four years. 19.00 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. 19.05 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’. 19.05 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.

TRIBUTE: A can­dlelit vigil at the Na­tional Me­mo­rial Arboretum in Staffordshire last night

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