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Remembrance Day Service and Parade

A cordial invitation is extended to all Lynemouth residents, community groups, and visitors to join in the annual Lynemouth Remembrance Sunday Service and Parade.

The Remembrance Day Service and Parade on Sunday 11th November 2018 will start at 10.20 a.m. at the William Leech Campus, Northumberland Church of England Academy, Dalton Avenue, then the parade will assemble (after the service) on Dalton Avenue and then proceed via West Market Street and Bridge Road to the Cenotaph at the Lynemouth Institute for laying of wreaths at 11.00 a.m.

The Chair of the Parish Council will lay a wreath  on behalf of Lynemouth Parish Council as usual. Refreshments (tea and coffee and biscuits) will be served in the lounge at the Miners' Welfare Institute for attendees after the laying of wreaths.

This will be a special commemoration and remembrance marking the end of the First World War and we hope that your organisation will join us in this important national commemoration, especially as the majority of you would have had a previous member of your family involved in this four year conflict.

Battle’s Over - A Nation’s Tribute

On the 3rd August 1914, Britain’s Foreign Minister, Sir Edward Grey, was looking out of his office window. It was dusk, and gaslights were being lit along London’s Mall, leading to Buckingham Palace, when he remarked to a friend, "The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime”. Our country was about to be plunged into the darkness of the First World War, and it would be four long years before Britain and Europe would again experience the light of peace.

In commemoration and remembrance of the end of the war and the many millions who were killed or came home dreadfully wounded, a chain of 1,000 beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories at 7.00 p.m. on the 11th November 2018 – a century after the guns fell silent.

The event will also commemorate the huge army of men and women on the home front who, often in dangerous and exhausting conditions, underpinned the war effort - keeping the wheels of industry turning, bringing the harvests home and ensuring the nation did not starve.

HISTORY

Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day or Armistice Day) is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries since the end of World War I to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty. This day, or alternative dates, are also recognised as special days for war remembrances in many non-Commonwealth countries. Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November to recall the end of hostilities of World War I on that date in 1918. Hostilities formally ended "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month."

The day was specifically dedicated by King George V on 7 November 1919 as a day of remembrance for members of the armed forces who were killed during World War I.

The initial or very first Armistice Day was held at Buckingham Palace commencing with King George V hosting a "Banquet in Honour of The President of the French Republic" during the evening hours of November 10 1919. The First Official Armistice Day was subsequently held on the Grounds of Buckingham Palace on the Morning of November 11th 1919. This would set the trend for a day of Remembrance for decades to come.

The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem "In Flanders Fields". These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their brilliant red colour an appropriate symbol for the blood spilled in the war.