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Appeal for bell ringers to join WW1 Centenary Commemoration

Published 27th November 2017

'Ringing Out for Peace' is part of the 'Battle’s Over' day-long, unique commemoration of the end of the First World War taking place throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and at scores of locations overseas, including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Somaliland, the United States and Germany to name but a few. The Clerk magazine will be including a special feature on the commemorations next March to which Bruno Peek, the Pageantmaster of The Battle’s Over, is contributing. We will also be featuring case studies of how different communities will be marking the day.

It begins at 6am on November 11th 2018 with lone pipers playing Battle’s O'er, a traditional tune played after a battle, outside every cathedral in the country. At the same time, pipers everywhere will be playing the same tune in their local communities around the world. The tribute is being organised with the assistance of Glasgow-based College of Piping, local pipe bands around the world, Air Training Corps and the Army Cadet Force.

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, signifying the light of peace that emerged from the dreadful darkness of war.

Then at 7.05pm, church and cathedral bells will ring out in, 'Ringing Out for Peace', being organised with the assistance of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers; the representative body for groups who ring bells in the English tradition with rope and wheel. It was founded in 1891 and represents 65 affiliated societies of local ringers from all over the British Isles and in Australia, Canada, the USA, South Africa and Italy.

Mr Peek said, “The stirring sound of church and cathedral bells will provide a fitting conclusion to a day of contemplation, commemoration and, ultimately, celebration as the United Kingdom and other nations reflect on events a century ago, on the battlefields of Europe and at home in our factories and farms. I hope as many people as possible will join us in the Battle’s Over events to mark the conclusion of the first world war and pay tribute to the loved ones who played their part.”

The event has four charities linked to it – The Royal Naval Association, Army Benevolent Fund – the Soldiers Charity, RAF Benevolent Fund and the Merchant Navy Association.

More information on Battle’s Over, and how to take part, can be found by clicking here.

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