Alton's tributes will begin at 6pm with the Reverend Andrew Micklefield conducting a service in St Lawrence Church. For those who prefer a secular alternative the Town Council are inviting residents to St Lawrence School Hall to listen to poetry recitals and extracts from 'Here's to the Men of Alton' by Tony Cross and 'Alton from 1914-1920 - Life in the Alton area during and after WWI' by Jane Hurst & Alton U3A Local History Project Group 2018.
With the Church Service and Readings concluding at approximately 6.30 p.m. all are invited to gather in the churchyard as the names of all 224 local residents who fell in battle during the war are read out by the Rev. Andrew Micklefield and other volunteers.
The Alton Boys Brigade will sound the Last Post at 6.55pm in co-ordination with buglers around the world and will be followed by the simultaneous lighting of 'WW1 Beacons of Light' at 7pm, in a tribute signifying the light of peace that emerged from the darkness of four years of war.
The evening's tribute will conclude at 7.05pm with the pealing of church bells as part of 'Ringing Out for Peace' in chorus with over 1,000 churches and cathedrals, organised in association with the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers.
Sunday 11 November 2018, from 6pm
St Lawrence Churchyard, Alton
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