WW1 Beacon of Light to mark the Centenary of the end of World War One

Beacon alight Ron Hill Photography

Sunday 11 November 2018 marks one hundred years since the end of The Great War.

To mark this significant event the beacon will be lit at Victoria Pleasure Ground at 7.00pm on the day. This is part of the WW1 Beacons of Light initiative where over 1000 beacons will be lit across the country symbolising an end to the darkness of war and a return to the light of peace.

All are invited to this event, to remember those men and women who gave their lives then, and also those we have lost and who have suffered in subsequent conflicts. Refreshments will be available

The last post will be sounded at 6.55pm and then the beacon will be lit. At 7.05pm, Holy Cross Church will join over 1000 cathedrals and churches in ringing out their bells in a celebration of peace.

The Town Council wish to express their gratitude Uckfield Bonfire and Carnival Society, Uckfield Performance Ensemble, Extreme Hire (Hailsham) and St John Ambulance (Ringmer) for their support with the arrangements for this event.

Earlier in the day, the commemorations will begin with a short ceremony at the Eugene Seghars Memorial in the gardens at the Highlands Inn at 10.45am. At 11.00am the two-minute silence will be started and finished by the firing of a maroon at the Holy Cross Church.

The main ceremony will take place at Holy Cross Church following a parade up the High Street of the local uniformed groups at 2.30pm. There will be a Service of Remembrance starting at 3pm. This will be followed by a wreath-laying and a parade back to the Civic Centre where The Mayor and The Royal British Legion will be in attendance and refreshments will be provided for the local uniformed groups.

Councillor Chris Hardy, Wealden District Council Chairman, will be attending Remembrance serivice at Holy Cross. He will be laying a wreath on behalf of the Council.