Alsager to be a part of 'Battle’s Over', an international commemoration marking 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of World War I

'Battle’s Over' is an international commemoration marking 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of World War I and will take place on Sunday 11th November 2018.

As one of only 13 towns in Cheshire, the town of Alsager is playing its part by dressing the town and hosting a programme of events to mark the occasion.  Alsager Partnership will be one of many community groups to take part in Alsager's Remembrance Parade and will lay a wreath at the Cenotaph.

Organised by Pageantmaster Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, Battle’s Over takes place on November 11th 2018, with events throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, and at scores of locations overseas, including New Zealand, Ireland, Australia, Bermuda, France, Belgium, Canada, the United States and Germany, to name but a few.

The programme for the day starts at 6am with lone pipers playing Battle’s O’er, a traditional Scottish air played after a battle, outside cathedrals across the country, followed by a specially written tribute that will be read out. At this same time, over 1,000 pipers will be playing the tune at different locations within their local communities.

At 6.55pm buglers will sound the Last Post at more than 1,000 locations and at 7pm beacons will be lit in a tribute called Beacons of Light, signifying the light of peace that emerged from the darkness of four years of war.

Then at 7.05pm more than 1,000 churches and cathedrals will ring their bells as part of the Ringing Out for Peace organised in association with the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers, which represents 65 societies of ringers from the British Isles and overseas.  Also at 7.05, more than 140 town criers will perform a specially written Cry for Peace Around the World, the first of them in New Zealand and then across the globe through the various time zones.

Alsager Town Council is supporting the Alsager Branch of the Royal British Legion in bringing this truly remarkable day to Alsager and Alsager residents are encouraged to come along and witness the events taking place.  For some time, Alsager Town Council and Alsager Civic have been working with local schools who are developing art and creative projects, whilst also learning about the impact and consequences of war on communities.  In addition, all retail shops and businesses in Alsager have been invited to decorate their shop frontages with poppies etc. to support recognising this prestigious occasion in a very visual way.

A huge thank you to the Armed Forces Covenant Fund and Alsager Town Council who have awarded grant funding to assist with the costs associated with this event.  We are truly grateful. 

If you would like further information on any of the above, please contact Andrea or Nolana at Alsager Civic 01270 879711.

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