Town criers will mark end of world war one commemorations
PUBLISHED: 14:07 12 March 2018 | UPDATED: 14:07 12 March 2018
A national event to mark the end of the slaughterhouse that was World War One will see 100 town criers enlisted by its Gorleston-based organiser.
International pageantmaster Bruno Peek has organised what he calls a “mass cry” to take place at 7.05pm on November 11 as part of the Battle’s Over – A Nation’s Tribute commemoration marking the centenary of the end of the First World War that day.
Both are the brainchild Mr Peek who has organised major royal celebrations and international events for more than 36 years.
The cry will begin in New Zealand and work its way across international time zones to reflect the Commonwealth’s contribution to the war effort.
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In this country the cry will led by veteran Leo Tighe, a Chelsea Pensioner at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London on the night of November 11.
On Monday, which marked Commonwealth Day, Mr Peek’s wife Moira Scott-Peek presented a special ceremonial bell to Mr Tighe at the hospital, representing the women left behind when servicemen went to war.
Mrs Scott-Peek said: “We must never forget the sacrifice made by many millions of women.
“Not only did they have to watch their men go off to war, but had to look after children, as well as working in the fields and the factories, to keep the home fires burning, not knowing if loved ones would ever return home.”
Battle’s Over will begin at 6am on November 11 with 1,000 lone pipers playing outside cathedrals and community locations around the world. It will also include more than 1,000 churches and cathedrals sounding their bells simultaneously on the night in a Ringing Out for Peace.
At 6.55pm buglers will sound the Last Post at more than 1,000 Beacons of Light locations throughout the UK, ahead of their lighting at 7pm to signify the light of peace that emerged from the darkness of four years of war.
Mr Peek said: “This poignant milestone in world history is a timely moment to make a plea for global peace in our troubled world. It is what all those who fought and died in the Great War were battling for.”