The centenary of the armistice that ended the First World War will be marked in Reigate on Sunday 11 November with the lighting of the beacon in Priory Park, and a projection of poppies and names of the district’s fallen onto the Old Town Hall in Bell Street.
Both the beacon ceremony (arranged by Reigate & Banstead Borough Council) and the Old Town Hall display (arranged by Reigate Business Guild) will take place on Sunday evening.
In the morning the borough’s usual Remembrance Day services and parades will also take place.
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council is one of over 1,000 organisations nationwide participating in “Beacons of Light”, part of the “Battle’s Over – a Nation’s Tribute” series of events across the UK and abroad.
The lit beacons will symbolise the ‘light of hope’ that emerged from the darkness of war, remembering the end of the conflict, the many millions who were killed or wounded, and those on the home front.
The council is inviting communities across the borough to take part in the local event, which will begin in Priory Park at 6.45pm with an introduction from the Mayor followed by a Tribute to the Millions read by a member of Reigate & Banstead Youth Council.
Then at 6.55pm, buglers from Redhill Sea Cadets will sound the Last Post and, following a minute’s silence, the Rouse, before the beacon is lit at 7pm.
Afterwards, at 7.05pm church bells will toll around the borough in ‘Ringing Out for Peace’, when churches and organisations across the country will ring bells as they did 100 years ago when news of the Armistice spread.
The free event takes place in Priory Park, Reigate RH2 7RL, meeting outside Reigate Priory.
The evening will mark the culmination of the council’s four-year “Reigate & Banstead Remembers” First World War centenary commemorations.
Old Town Hall
On Sunday from 4.30pm until 9pm, Reigate Business Guild and its volunteers will project an electronic display of poppies onto the Old Town Hall, with names of the district’s fallen also scrolling across the building.
(The Old Town Hall is the building with the clock tower in Bell Street, occupied by Caffe Nero).
The Guild has already arranged for flags to go up throughout the town, including “Lest We Forget” ones from the Royal British Legion.
Civic events in the morning
The borough’s usual Remembrance Day events will take place in Redhill, Banstead and Horley.
The civic remembrance service, attended by the Mayor, will be at Shaw’s Corner War Memorial. The civic procession will leave Redhill United Reform Church at 10.45am. A short service will be held at the memorial, followed at 10.58am by two minutes silence and then the laying of wreaths. A church service follows.
In Banstead, the parade, attended by the Deputy Mayor will leave the Horseshoe at 10.30am and process towards the War Memorial. The service will be followed by two minutes silence at 10.58am and then wreath laying.
Horley’s remembrance parade will leave from Consort Way West at 10.35 and proceed to Vicarage Lane, where the parade will break off and walk to the War Memorial Gardens. A two minutes silence at 10.58 will be followed by wreath laying.
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