As Remembrance Sunday approaches, here is a round-up of some of the events being held across the UK to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War
The National Service of Remembrance at Whitehall
On Sunday 11 November, the National Service of Remembrance will be held at the Cenotaph on Whitehall, London. The service, which commemorates those who contributed to the First and Second World Wars and later conflicts, will begin at 11am. This will be followed by the Royal British Legion parade and the Nation’s Thank You procession.
Remembering the ‘Lost Gardeners’ at Heligan
Remembrance Sunday holds a special place in the hearts of those at Heligan as they continue to remember the ‘Lost Gardeners’ of the pre-1914 Heligan Estate. At 11am on Sunday, there will be two minute silence, followed by a dove release and live musical performance. At 11.30am a brand-new art exhibition In Their Name: Don’t Come Here to Sleep or to Slumber by South African artist Lize Krüger will open in the newly restored Gardeners’ Bothy. The exhibition highlights the resilience of the garden, its gardeners and soldiers.
A commemorative photo exhibition at Bristol Cathedral
Until 19 November, Bristol Cathedral will be honouring the fallen with At the Going Down of the Sun, a photography exhibition by Marko Dutka, featuring images of war graves, memorials and bomb and air crash sites across the Bristol and Bath region. A Kickstarter campaign has been launched to raise funds for a commemorative book using 50 of these powerful images.
Iconic poppy sculpture Weeping Window by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper is on display at the Imperial War Museums until 18 November. The Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red sculpture is part of the 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary. Together with the Wave installation over 11,000 poppies make up the sculptures which have already been viewed by over 4 million people. At the end of the four-year tour, which draws to a close shortly after the end of the centenary, they will become part of the Imperial War Museums’ collection.
Ringing the bells at Manchester Cathedral
A full day of events has been organised at Manchester Cathedral on Sunday 11 November, starting at 6am, a lone piper will play Battle’s O’er. The Remembrance Day parade will start at the Radisson Hotel on Peter Street at 10.25am and there will be a march to the Cenotaph in St Peter’s Square. At 11am, a two minute silence will be observed. There will then be a March Past of Service Organisations and the bells will ring out at the cathedral. At 6.55pm a single bugler will sound the last post and at 7pm a beacon will be lit outside the cathedral.
A concert of Remembrance in Edinburgh
The Council’s Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh will host a Concert of Remembrance on Friday 9 November. This will include music from the Royal regiment of Scotland, Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Scotland and Royal Air Force Central Scotland Pipes and Drums.
Thousands of torches at the Tower of London
Thousands of torches will be lit in the Tower of London’s moat every night until Sunday 11 November. The Beyond the Deepening Shadow exhibition is a tribute to the Armistice Centenary.