Remembrance Service 11 November 2018
Hastings is set to remember the 100th anniversary of the end of hostilities in the First World War, with a series of events being held over the weekend of 10 and 11 November.
The official opening of 'Hastings Remembers' at Hastings Museum is at 2.30pm on Saturday 10th November. This exhibition, which runs until 27th January 2019, looks at the impact war has had on Hastings and its communities. Between 2pm and 3.30 pm on 10th November there will be a special afternoon of music and songs to mark the centenary of the Armistice at the museum, with WWI teatime refreshments, music by Sally Layne and a children's poppy activity.
On Armistice Day, which is also Remembrance Sunday this year, Hastings town crier Jon Bartholomew will play the bagpipes at 6am at the war memorial in Alexandra Park, part of a national programme to mark 100 years of remembrance.
The traditional Remembrance Sunday service will also take place at the war memorial in Alexandra Park at 11 am, preceded by the civic procession from the town hall, which leaves at around 10.30. A special commemorative, lit, lamp will be blessed at this, which will be on display at St Clement's Church, in the Old Town, during the day.
It is hoped that the bells of all four church towers in the town (All Saints, Christ Church, Blacklands and Christ Church, St Leonards and St Clement's) will join other churches across the country in ringing at 12.30 to coincide with the nation's tribute as thousands march past the Cenotaph.
The commemorative lamp will be used to light the beacon on the East Hill at 7 pm, and there will then be a torchlight procession along the seafront to the White Rock Theatre, with the lamp being welcomed during the annual remembrance service there, which starts at the earlier time this year of 6.45pm. During this service, town crier Jon Bartholomew will make a cry for peace around the world, again as part of a national programme.
The bells at the Old Town church of All Saint will also ring out from 7.05pm, as the East Hill beacon burns.
Mayor of Hastings Nigel Sinden said,
"I am so pleased that the town is marking the 100th anniversary of the end of hostilities in the First World War in this way. So many people - including many from Hastings, of course - made the ultimate sacrifice in this and other wars, and so many more played a huge part in securing the freedoms we take for granted today."
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