World War One centennial commemorations take place around Weston-super-Mare
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Sunday will see thousands of people gather to remember the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.
World War One was one of the most devastating conflicts in history with millions of people dying on the Western Front.
This weekend will see the 100th anniversary since the Armistice was signed and the ‘war to end all wars’ ended.
A number of villages and towns will join in with the ceremonial lighting of the beacon which will see hundreds of torches lit at 7pm on Sunday around the country.
Bells will also toll from churches as part of a national display at 12.30pm.
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Across the district, tea lights will be lit in the Legacy Of Light celebration on Saturday.
At 6pm in Weston, 415 tea lights will be lit in the Italian Gardens to remember and commemorate the men and women who served in the war.
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Weston College students will present their thoughts on World War One through music, song and dance and this will be followed by poetry and readings.
The Poppy of Honour was brought to Weston and Burnham on Monday and Tuesday respectively.
It houses paper poppies with the names and ranks of more than a million men who died during the war.
These are the different events and services taking place in the area:
• In Axbridge, an evening of music, readings, displays and memories will be held at St John The Baptist church, in The Square, on Saturday at 7.30pm.
• The people of Banwell will also light a beacon atop its hill on Sunday from 6.30pm.
There will be a tribute at 6.50pm before the beacon is lit at 7pm. The church bells will then ring at 7.05pm.
• The residents of Berrow and Brean are welcoming people to an open day at Berrow Village Hall, in Parsonage Road, on Saturday.
There will be entertainment and a display to enjoy from 10am-4pm including a film detailing the history of the Great War and a sketch put on by the Stage Two Drama group.
• Bleadon will mark the end of both World Wars with a display of crosses in Celtic Way.
The two large white crosses show the names of the residents of the village, 19 from World War One and six from World War Two, who died. It will be available to view throughout the weekend.
• The streets of Burnham will host a Remembrance Day parade before a service from 10am to noon. It will start in the High Street before passing through Princess and Oxford streets.
• An indoor street party will be held at Congresbury Memorial Hall, in High Street, from 3-5pm to mark the centenary with wartime songs on Saturday.
• People in Hutton will be joining in with the Legacy Of Light on Saturday. The commemoration will be held in the village hall car park, off Main Road, at 6pm.
A short service of remembrance and prayers will be said at the event and tea and coffee will be available in the hall after the event.
On Sunday, St Mary’s Church will join in with the national commemoration for the centenary by ringing its bells at 12.30pm.
• A remembrance service will be held on Sunday from 10am at Kewstoke’s St Paul’s Church, in Kewstoke Road.
• People in Kingston Seymour are hosting a number of events to mark the centenary.
On Friday, the friends of All Saints will host a People’s Concert which is free to attend at 7.30pm. There will be poetry, readings, stories and music and dance for all to enjoy.
The historical society has then organised three history trails around the village which all start and finish at the church.
It will focus on Kingston Seymour’s involvement in the world wars and starts at 1pm on Saturday. Cream teas will also be served in the church both before and after the event.
At 7pm that evening, dine in 1918-style with a formal dinner where people are encouraged to wear period dress. Edesia’s Kitchen will lay out a three-course menu in the village hall.
• You can visit an exhibition at Uphill Village Victory Hall, in Westfield Road, from 10am-4pm from today (Thursday) until Sunday looking at the village during the war years.
Then tomorrow (Friday) there will be an Act Of Remembrance at the cannon site in Uphill from 10am. In the evening, at around 6pm, people will gather again to light a candle.
People will be invited inside the new St Nicholas Church, in Uphill Road South, at 7.30pm for an anniversary concert performed by Weston Light Orchestra.
On Sunday, Uphill’s weekend of events continue with a lone piper playing from the top of Uphill Tower at 6am.
At 11am a Remembrance service will be held at the village war memorial and the Last Post will be played at 6.55pm before Brigadier Tom Lang lights the village’s beacon at 7pm on the hill.
• The Weston Remembrance Day service will be held in Grove Park, off High Street, on Sunday.
A band will lead a parade of Royal British Legion members, cadet forces, scouts and guides to the park at 10.25am. In the park there will be screens and it will be streamed live on YouTube. It will start at 10.50am with a poem by Anthony Keyes called Scarlet Silence which will be accompanied by a violin.
Toby Mitchell, aged 16, will play Anthony’s great-uncle’s restored violin which has only been played once since the outbreak of World War One.
There will be 415 guides and scouts gathered around the memorial to represent the names engraved on it.
The guide and scout leaders will plant 25 crosses inscribed with the names of the different conflicts which took place between World War One and the present day in which British soldiers have been killed.
The public will be welcome after the service has ended to plant their own crosses in the Field Of Remembrance in front of the memorial. • Once you have been to the service, head down to Weston seafront for the Pages Of The Sea commemoration.
Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle and Theatre Orchard have teamed up to create a poignant commemoration which will see a large drawing of Lieutenant Colonel John Hay Maitland Hardyman etched into the sand by the Grand Pier and then washed away by the tide. It will be visible between 1-3pm.
• The Skidmore family from Worle have teamed up with Weston Museum, in Burlington Street, to put on a temporary exhibition of Stanley Hugh Skidmore and his extended family during the war.
It will be in place with photos and war time stories from Sunday to November 24 during the museum’s opening hours – which is 10am-5pm every day except Mondays.
• Christ Church in Weston is opening its doors from Friday to Sunday for a special exhibition.
Parish groups have created window displays for the Festival Of Remembrance which will be open from 2-5pm on Friday, 10am to noon and then 2-5pm on Saturday and 2-4pm on Sunday. There will also be a service on Sunday at 10.30am in the church, in Montpelier.
• There will be a Remembrance Service at the Wick St Lawrence Church in Wick Road at 10.10am on Sunday.
• Sit down and hear about the stories of past Winscombe residents during the war today (Thursday) at St James’s Church Hall, in Woodborough Road. Doors open at 6.15pm and tickets are £3 from the church office.
There will also be songs from World War One performed on Saturday at 2.30pm and 6.30pm in the hall. Tickets, priced £7-11, are available from the church office, Post Office and Farrons Estate Agents.
Residents in Winscombe and Sandford will also be handing Lest We Forget flags from their houses ahead of Sunday.
• An information board, funded by Worle History Society, for the village’s war memorial will be unveiled during a service on Saturday at 11am. It features the names of fallen soldiers from both world wars, a brief history and a copy of Rosie Smith’s beautiful painting of the memorial.
The village’s Remembrance Day service will then be held by the memorial in High Street at 10.50am on behalf of the Royal British Legion. The road will be closed.
• People in Worlebury will join in with the Legacy Of Light on Saturday at 7pm in the Crooks Lane park. The ceremony will remember the village’s 33 fallen soldiers.
• Tour Yatton’s war memorials on Saturday, starting at St Mary’s Church, in Church Road from 2pm before finishing at the Methodist church, in High Street.
People can then pay tribute to the wartime heroes at Yatton Methodist Church with prayers, readings and music from 4-5pm.There will also be poems read penned by frontline soldier.
The traditional parade along the High Street to the war memorial will happen at about 10.40am on Sunday.