Events: Past & Present

Beacon Lighting Ceremony

11th November 2018, 6.45pm

In 2018, the UK marks the centenary of the end of World War One 1914-1918, a conflict which had an impact on millions of UK residents. Leicestershire’s contribution to the British Armed Forces was considerable with thousands of young men sent off to war.

Many never returned home, either killed in action or succumbing to disease, whilst others were seriously wounded. The impact of this devastating loss was felt the length and breadth of Leicestershire, and today almost every village and town has its own memorial to those who died.

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

In commemoration and remembrance of the end of the war and the many millions who were killed or came home dreadfully wounded, 1000 Beacons of Light will be lit at 7pm on 11th November 2018 throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories – 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 to ensure the nation did not starve.

So join us on the 11th November from 6.45pm to witness the lighting of the beacon at 7pm. This will be followed by an opportunity to share refreshments and sing some favourite songs of the time finishing around 8pm.