Southend Remembers – programme confirmed for WW1 commemorations

Published Monday, 29th October 2018

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Southend-on-Sea will commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the guns of World War One falling silent with a spectacle of music and light this Remembrance Sunday.

In addition to the Borough’s well attended remembrance services and parades, Southend will this year be taking part in an international act of commemoration called Battle’s Over.

Battle’s Over will see towns and cities across the world simultaneously ringing out church bells, lighting beacons and town criers “calling out for peace” at set times on 11 November.

A special centenary concert will be held in the afternoon involving local choirs, Southend Symphony Orchestra, soloist Elizabeth Dunlop and conducted by guest conductor Grace Rossiter (Assistant conductor of the BBC Symphony Chorus)at the Cliffs Pavilion.

Cllr John Lamb, leader of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, said: “This year marks 100 years since the end of World War One and is also the centenary of the RAF.

“Southend and its residents paid a high price to defend the liberty of our country in WW1 – and indeed in the many conflicts since. It is only right and proper that we, as a town, come together honour and remember them at this significant anniversary.

“Of particular importance is that the town’s young people – for whom WW1 might seem a distant and detached chapter of our history –feel a personal connection to the sacrifices made so that they can learn from history’s darkest hours.”

“I would like to thank everyone who is helping to make this year’s commemorations so special and warmly encourage you all to honour our town’s fallen on 11 November.”

A list of activities taking place across Southend can be found  on our Southend Remembers page.

Further information about Battle’s Over can be found on their website.