Battle's Over - A Nation Tribute11th November 2018, 6:45 PM
Priory Park , Reigate, RH2 7RL
Join us for ‘Battle's Over - A Nation's Tribute’ on 11 November
On Sunday 11 November 2018, Reigate & Banstead Borough Council will join the nation in marking 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the First World War by lighting the Beacon in Priory Park, Reigate. Communities across the borough are invited to join us in remembrance.
The Council is one of over 1,000 organisations nationwide taking part in ‘Beacons of Light’. The lit beacons symbolise the 'light of hope' that emerged from the darkness of war in commemoration and remembrance of the end of the conflict, the many millions who were killed or came home dreadfully wounded and those on the home front.
The event will begin at 6.45pm with an introduction given by the Mayor of Reigate & Banstead, Cllr Dorothy Ross-Tomlin, followed by a Tribute to the Millions read by a member of Reigate & Banstead Youth Council.
Then at 6.55pm, buglers from Redhill Sea Cadets will sound the Last Post and, following a minute’s silence, the Rouse before the beacon is lit at 7pm.
Afterwards, at 7.05pm church bells will toll around the borough in ‘Ringing Out for Peace’, when churches and organisations are being encouraged to ring bells as they did 100 years ago when news of the Armistice spread.
The free event takes place in Priory Park, Reigate RH2 7RL, meeting outside Reigate Priory.
‘Beacons of Light’ is part of ‘Battle’s Over - A Nation's Tribute’, a unique series of events involving organisations and communities nationwide and across the globe to remember the sacrifice made by millions of men and women during World War One.
In addition, the borough’s usual Remembrance Day services will take place in Redhill, Banstead and Horley.
The civic remembrance service, attended by the Mayor, will take place at Shaw’s Corner War Memorial. The civic procession will leave Redhill United Reform Church at 10.45am. A short service will be held at the memorial, followed at 10.58am by two minutes silence and then the laying of wreaths. A church service follows.
In Banstead, the parade, attended by the Deputy Mayor, Cllr Julian Ellacott, will leave the Horseshoe at 10.30am and process towards the War Memorial. The service will be followed by two minutes silence at 10.58am and then wreath laying.
Horley’s remembrance parade will leave from Consort Way West at 10.35 and proceed to Vicarage Lane, where the parade will break off and walk to the War Memorial Gardens. A two minutes silence at 10.58 will be followed by wreath laying.
“We are proud to be playing a part in this historic time commemorating the centenary of the end of the Great War, and to recognise the enormous contribution and sacrifice made by the men and women from our community who died or were wounded, as well as those who worked tirelessly at home to support the war effort”, said the Mayor. “Please come along and join us in remembering them.