Bell Ringers wanted for Centenary Commemoration

Published Wednesday, 19th September 2018

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Bell ringers are needed across the country to take part in a unique event to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War 1.

Battle’s Over, a national and international event marking the Armistice, is looking for more than 1,000 churches and cathedrals to take part in simultaneous bell ringing at 7.05pm November 11 2018 for Ringing Out for Peace.

Pageantmaster Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR is encouraging bell ringers to take part in Ringing Out for Peace. “We want this to be the most widespread ringing of church bells since the First World War,” he said. “It would be a fitting and moving tribute to the 1400 or so bell ringers that we understand lost their lives during World War One.

“I have no doubt that dedicated campanologists in Britain and around the world will want to join in this once-in-a-lifetime tribute to everyone who served on the battlefields, the high seas and the home front.”

The bell ringing is part of a much larger event taking place throughout the day, and across the world on November 11 to commemorate the end of the First World War.

Beginning at 6am and organised with help of Glasgow-based College of Piping, local pipe bands, the Air Training Corps and the Army Cadet Force, lone pipers will play Battle’s O’er, a traditional piece played after battle, outside every cathedral in the country, with a piper playing at the Southend Cenotaph.

At 6.55pm buglers will sound the Last Post at participating churches across Southend-on-Sea and more than 1,000 locations across the country, followed at 7pm by the lighting of the World War One Beacons of Light, including at our own local Cenotaph on Clifftown Parade, signifying the light of peace that emerged from the darkness of war.

Finally at 7.05pm church and cathedral bells will begin Ringing Out for Peace.

Cllr Lesley Salter, cabinet member for healthy communities and wellbeing said “This is such a unique opportunity for local bell ringers to take part in a once in a lifetime commemoration of the end of the First World War.

“It is very special to join together with communities across the country in tribute to those who gave their lives, including 1,400 bell ringers, and to remember them in this echo of when church bells rang out in relief and joy on 11 November 1918.”

Churches can register their involvement by completing the Ringing out for Peace entry form found on the BrunoPeek website.

Any churches in Southend-on-Sea who wish to have a bugler attend please email the Cultural Development Team.  

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 – A Nation's Tribute 11 November 2018, and how to take part, please visit the BrunoPeek website.