Remembrance Sunday will see a host of events marking the centenary of the end of the First World War.

BRIDPORT: The town’s annual Remembrance Parade and service on November 11 will start with a parade through the town centre by representatives of the armed forces and local groups with links to the military.

Accompanied by the Wessex Military Band, the parade will move off from East Street at 10.40am following inspection by town mayor, Cllr Barry Irvine. The mayor will lead the parade and place a wreath before observing the traditional two minute silence at the war memorial. This will be followed by a service at St Mary’s Church.

For people who do not wish to attend the service, Cllr Anne Rickard will host a secular time of reflection on Bucky Doo Square.

During the afternoon, a special tea will be served to 90 relatives of those named on the memorial. This event will also include the unveiling of a commemorative memorial plaque and clock at the town hall.

At 6.15pm, at Mountfield, soup will be served by the Bridport Local Food Group, accompanied by a performance of period music by Chris Deacon and his band.

From 6.45pm on Coneygar Hill, as part of the national commemoration, the town crier will give the national cry and Anne Stone will play the Last Post. This will be followed at 7pm by the lighting of a beacon on the hilltop.

Throughout the day, poppy rope made by local schools and organisations will feature in Bucky Doo.

This will complement the Silent Soldier, who can be seen on the west wall of the town hall.

Commemorative cards will be displayed around the town in the windows of homes previously inhabited by people named on the memorial

River of Poppies, an installation that will see a temporary community-built memorial on Colmers Hill, will also be lit in a dramatic display.

Battle’s Over is a community-led event organised by Allington Hill, Cooper’s Wood and Field Community Group.

From 4pm on Sunday, at Cooper’s Field, St Swithun’s Town Band and Tinkers Cuss will play music of the era. The Last Post will play at sunset, after which a short service will take place.

There will be a bonfire, refreshments, fish and chip van.

A torchlight procession will lead to the beacon at 7pm.

Donations can be made for the RBL and RAF.

BRADPOLE: Commemoration and wreath laying at the memorial cross in Holy Trinity churchyard at 11am. This will also be adorned by poppies knitted by the ladies of Holy Trinity.

CHARMOUTH: The Remembrance Day parade will gather at Charmouth House car park at 10.15am before commencing at 10.35am and making its way to the war memorial. After a short service, the parade will march to the church.

At 6.55pm buglers will sound the Last Post at Charmouth’s Foreshore, and at 7pm a beacon will be lit on Charmouth’s Evans Cliff in a tribute called Beacons of Light.


The face of Rifleman Kulbir Thapa will appear in the sand at Lyme Regis as part of director Danny Boyle’s Pages of the Sea.

Lyme is one of 32 beaches in the UK and Ireland where large-scale sand portraits of casualties of the First World War will appear before being washed away as the tide comes in.

The public is invited to assemble at the beach on Sunday from 11am and join in by creating silhouettes of people in the sand, remembering the millions of lives lost or changed forever by the conflict.

Poet Carol Ann Duffy has been invited to write a new poem, which will be read as people gather on the beaches.

Copies of the poem will be available at the beaches.

Pages of the Sea will follow the annual Remembrance Sunday parade through Lyme Regis, starting from the entrance to Langmoor Gardens at 9.25am and processing to St Michael’s Parish Church for a service at 9.45am.

Following the service, the parade will reform at 10.30am and march past the war memorial, forming up in Cobb Square for a two-minute silence and dismissal.

To conclude the day, a beacon will be lit on the North Wall at 7pm, as part of a national tribute called Battle’s Over, when 1,200 beacons will be lit across the country.

The Last Post will be played at 6.55pm, and at 7.05pm the bells of St Michael’s Parish Church will ring out for peace, and town crier, Alan Vian, will cry out for peace.