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Commemorating the Centenary of WW1

10 Nov 2018 10.15am

Event Details



As part of a nationwide campaign commemorating the centenary of the Armistice which ended the First World War, Stevenage will host a number of events in an act of remembrance.

Saturday 10 November

Stevenage Royal British Legion and Service Cadets will visit and lay a poppy cross at each Commonwealth WW1 War Grave.

This will start at St Nicholas Church, Rectory Lane at 10.30am and then to St Marty's Church, Shephall for 12noon and to St Mary's Church, Gravely at 1pm. Members of the public are invited to attend.

Sunday 11 November

6am - at the War Memorial Pipe Major Hamish MacLeod will join over 1,000 lone pipers playing “Battle’s O’er", a traditional Scottish air played after a battle, outside cathedrals and other individual locations throughout the country and overseas.

10.15am - The annual Remembrance Parade will commence from Primett Road and march to the War Memorial in time for the 10.30 am service.

10.30am - The Service of Remembrance

6.55pm - Stevenage War Memorial. “The Last Post”, Lead Bugler, Civilian Instructor George Bollen of Training Ship Andromeda will join more than 1,000 buglers throughout the United Kingdom and beyond. Followed by “The Tribute to the Millions” read by Councillor John Lloyd, The Tribute is specially written for the occasion.

7pm - WW1 “Beacons of Light” will be lit by three young service cadets in a tribute signifying the light of peace that emerged from the darkness of four years of war.

7.05pm - “Ringing out for Peace” over 1,000 churches and cathedrals will ring their bells organised in association with the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers.


Battle’s Over---A Nations Tribute has been devised and planned by Pageantmaster Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR . He has organised major royal celebrations and international events for more than 36 years and has been working on Battle’s Over for more than four years.

Battle’s Over takes place on 11 November 2018, with events throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, The Isle of Man, and at scores of locations overseas, including New Zealand, Ireland, Australia, Bermuda, France, Belgium, Canada, the United States and Germany.

On Saturday 17 November at  2.30pm in the Ellen Terry Suite, in Stevenage Leisure Centre, Stevenage SLL and The Stevenage Royal British Legion are hosting the war film 'Kajaki' - possibly the best war film ever made.