Uckfield beacon's abalze to mark the Queen's 90th birthday last April

Uckfield beacon lighting to mark 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1

Uckfield will take part as a national chain of beacons is lit on the evening of November 11, 2018, to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1.

The town council has established a working group to organise the lighting of the beacon on the Victoria Pleasure Ground.

The beacon was used last year to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.

The UK-wide event is being co-ordinated by Pageantmaster, Bruno Peek, who has invited Uckfield to take part.

Famous words of Foreign Secretary

Mr Peek told the council:

“On the 3rd August 1914, Britain’s Foreign Minister, Sir Edward Grey, was looking out of his office window.

“It was dusk, and gas lights were being lit along London’s Mall, leading to Buckingham Palace, when he remarked to a friend, ‘The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime’.

“Our country was about to be plunged into the darkness of the First World War, and it would be four long years before Britain and Europe would again experience the light of peace.

Remembering those on the home front

“In commemoration and remembrance of the end of the war and the many millions who were killed or came home dreadfully wounded, a chain of beacons will be lit at 7pm on the 11th November 2018 – a century after the guns fell silent

“The event will also commemorate the huge army of men and women on the home front who, often in dangerous and exhausting conditions, underpinned the war effort – keeping the wheels of industry turning, bringing the harvests home and ensuring the nation did not starve.

“The beacons will symbolise the light of hope that emerged from the darkness of war, and we hope that your organisation will join us in this important national commemoration on Sunday 11th November 2018.”

*World War One began on August 4, 1914 and officially ended at 11am on November 11, 1918 – the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

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