Bournemouth's commemoration events to mark Remembrance Day

Posted on Friday 2nd November 2018

In the centenary year of the ending of WW1, Bournemouth Council is honouring those who lost their lives during periods of conflict with a series of public commemoration events in the run up to and including Remembrance Day.

Key events include the planting of poppy crosses, Annual Remembrance Day Service and joining many other towns and cities in having a lone piper play before dawn and evening beacon lighting ceremony.

The Mayor of Bournemouth, Cllr Derek Borthwick, said: “I look forward to attending the Bournemouth ceremonies, but will be attending the Service with a sadden heart in memory of all those who made the ultimate Sacrifice in the name of their country - not only in World War One but in all conflicts where this country has been called to defend its nation’s soil and human rights. At this time, we are at peace, not requiring to be in conflict anywhere in the world and long may this last.”

The list of events includes:

Saturday 10 November

Local people are invited to get involved in planting 1225 poppy crosses ready for Remembrance Day to reflect the local people who died during WW1. Planting starts at the Town Hall 2pm followed by hot drinks at Bournemouth Library. Contact admin@bournemouthlibraries.org.uk to get involved. The poppy crosses will, at a later date, be displayed as a cascading curtain at the Bournemouth Library and members of the public will be invited to write the names of those who have suffered in conflict.

Sunday 11 November – Remembrance Day

Bournemouth will be joining the many towns and cities across the UK in having a lone piper at 6am at the War Memorial playing Sleep in Peace Now the Battle is O’er. Readings from 1918 will include the Armistice telegram from Allied Commander Marshall Foch, and the Mayor of Bournemouth’s announcement from that day 100 years ago. [A1] 

At 10.57am a parade involving ex-servicemen and young cadets will take place from the Town Centre to the War Memorial in Central Gardens, where the traditional civic Remembrance Sunday Service will take place including the laying of poppy wreaths and two-minute silence.

An evening commemoration from 6.40pm outside the Town Hall includes music, readings and cascading poppies projected onto the Town Hall. A trumpet will sound the Last Post followed by Reveille. It will conclude with the lighting of a peace beacon at 7pm and ringing of church bells from St Peter’s Church.

Further commemorations include poppies being displayed on Bournemouth Council vehicles and on the Pier to reflect the launch of the British Royal Legion’s Poppy Appeal and the commemorative centenary events during November.

Silent Soldier silhouettes have been installed at the Bournemouth Town Hall and on four roundabouts at gateways to the town and an LED lit poppy memorial is at the front of the Town Hall. 

During November Bournemouth Library is also hosting an exhibition telling the stories of Bournemouth at War. The exhibition includes contemporary ceramics, the Book of Remembrance and the commemorative WW1 plaque from former Wychwood School in Bournemouth. The library will also display themed poetry from local schoolchildren.