Uckfield beacon ceremony to mark the end of World War 1

A solemn ceremony will be held at the Uckfield beacon on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1.

It will be part of national commemorations.

The Pageant Master for the Queen, Bruno Peeks, has asked Uckfield Town Council to light the beacon at the Victoria Pleasure Ground.

Last Post

The Tribute to the Millions who lost their lives in the war will be read at 6.50pm on Sunday, November 11 – Armistice Day – followed by the Last Post at 6.55pm.

The beacon will be lit at 7pm.

Bells will be rung at Holy Cross Church, Uckfield, at 7.05pm.

The town council is being assisted by Uckfield Bonfire and Carnival Society, Uckfield Performance Ensemble, the Ringmer division of the St John Ambulance and Extreme Hire, Hailsham.

Teas and coffees will be available for those attending the ceremony at the pleasure ground.

Remembrance Sunday

Earlier in the day, Remembrance Sunday services will be held throughout the country.

Last Saturday, as part of the annual Uckfield Carnival, the names of 132 Fallen from the Uckfield area were read as part of the traditional Bonfire prayers.


John Carvey steps forward to begin the Act of Remembrance during Uckfield Bonfire and Carnival Society’s where the names of the Fallen were read and a blazing torch extinguished for each of the war dead

A flaming torch was brought forward and extinguished for each many who lost his life.

See our coverage of this ceremony:

Spectacular carnival pauses to remember the area’s Fallen from World War One

East Hoathly

East Hoathly Bonfire always marks the sacrifices of those who gave their lives in the service of their country and always takes place on the Saturday closest to Remembrance Sunday; this year on November 10.

Why is the Poppy used as a symbol of Remembrance in Britain?

Battles raged throughout the four years of World War One in northern France and Belgium. On what is known as the Western Front, open countryside was blasted by bombs and shells, turning much of the land into mud in times of wet weather.

Vegetation was obliterated and little could grow – except red poppies.

The sight of the poppies led to Lt Col John McCrae writing In Flanders Fields in 1915.

This poem inspired the making of red silk poppies and in 1921 the then British Legion sold nine million, and so began the Poppy Appeal to help ex-service men and women.

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