A nationwide Day of Commemorative Events was planned for Sunday 11th November 2018, marking the Centenary of the end of the First World War and paying tribute to the millions killed or wounded in battle, and those on the home front who struggled amidst pain and loss to help ensure freedom survived.
06.00: Battle’s O’er 1000 individual Pipers across the United Kingdom and countries around the world commence the day’s commemorations with the traditional Scottish lament played at the end of battle – Battle’s O’er.
18.55: The Last Post 1000 individual Buglers sound this historic tribute at WW1 Beacons of Light locations across the Nation and UK Overseas Territories.
19.00: WW1 Beacons of Light Over 1000 Beacons of Light symbolising an end to the darkness of war and a return to the light of peace.
19.05: Ringing Out for Peace 1000 Cathedral and Church Bells ring out across the Nation, and beyond, in celebration of Peace.
19.05: A Cry for Peace around the World 100 Town Criers throughout the United Kingdom and other countries around the World join together in an International Cry for Peace around the World.
To support this Day of Events, in the Ely DA, we intended to ring 100 rows (i.e. 100 blows from each bell) at as many of our towers as possible, during the weekend 10-11th November. Any ringing that can take place at 19:05 on 11th November, and any ringing that is more extensive than 100 rows, was of course welcome, but the important thing was to mark the occasion at as many of our towers as possible.
In addition, the Ringing Remembers campaign was promoted by the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers, together with the Big Ideas Company, and the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government. This was a campaign to recruit 1400 new bell ringers to replace the 1400 ringers who lost their lives in the 1914 - 18 war. There are two posters which you can download to promote the Ringing Remembers campaign, and to publicise ringing and teaching at your local tower; click on the images below. For any help and advice on teaching new learners, contact the Recruitment and Training Subcommittee of the Ely DA on rats_at_elyda.org.uk.