On November 11th 2018, Abergavenny Town Council together with 2478 (Abergavenny) RAF Air Cadets, Gwent & Powys Army Cadet Force and Abergavenny Borough Band will play its part in Battle’s Over, an international commemoration marking 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of World War I.
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.
It begins at 6am with over 1,000 lone pipers playing Battle’s O’er, a traditional Scottish air played after a battle, outside cathedrals and other individual locations throughout the country and overseas, following which a specially written tribute will be read out.
At 6:55pm buglers will sound the Last Post at more than 1,000 locations, where at 7pm WW1 Beacons of Light will be lit in a tribute signifying the light of peace that emerged from the darkness of four years of war.
Then at 7:05pm over 1,000 churches and cathedrals will ring their bells as part of 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 7:05pm, 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.
Abergavenny Town Council is taking part with a Last Post and Beacon of Light ceremony. The public is invited to gather in the grounds of Abergavenny Castle by 6:45pm when there will be a short service before the Beacon of Light is lit on the Blorenge. The Last Post will be played by a member of the Abergavenny Borough Band. If the weather is poor, the beacon will be lit in the Castle Grounds.
Mayor Councillor Teslin Davies said: “We are proud to be playing a part in this historic international event to commemorate the centenary of the end of the Great War, and to recognise the contribution and sacrifice made by the men and women from our own community.”
For more information please contact the Town Clerk, Jane Lee, on 01873 735820 or email firstname.lastname@example.org