Lest we forget: Armistice centenary marked across the county

Every year, towns and villages across the county join others worldwide in falling silent to mark Armistice Day on Remembrance Sunday

Nov 2 2018

This year’s events take on a special significance as the 100th anniversary of the ceasefire approaches.

A special programme of events to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War One has been planned by Hampshire County Council up until the end of November.

The County Council’s programme of World War One centenary events includes lively musical events, community exhibitions, and spoken word and multimedia performances and exhibitions, as well as participation in the more sombre community remembrance services around Hampshire.

At Hampshire Record Office, descendants of the Royal Engineers officer John Baines will read from his WWI letters home and bring to life his personal account of the frontline using sound, vision and re-enactors in costume. (6 November).

On 9 November, Winchester’s Great Hall will be illuminated by a projection of cascading poppies from 6pm to 10pm.

On the eve of Armistice Day on 10 November, at the Royal Victoria Country Park in Netley, young musicians will launch the restored chapel as a performance venue with a concert of wartime songs and swing tunes from the 1860s to the present, culminating in a traditional Sunset Ceremony.

At the same venue, on 12 November, the Countess of Wessex will perform the official opening of the chapel, all that remains of the world’s largest military hospital.

And on 17 November, a Peace and Reconciliation Concert will take place at Romsey Abbey, featuring the Hampshire County Youth Orchestra accompanying a choir of young people from Giessen, Germany.

Throughout the month, local libraries and discovery centres are hosting a full programme of exhibitions and talks including displays of handmade poppies and ‘Tommy silhouettes’ which depict the shadows of soldiers left absent in the wake of the war.