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World War One Celebrate and Commemorate

  • Date(s): 10/10/2018
  • Address: The Landmark, The Seafront
  • Postcode: EX34 9BZ
  • Telephone: 01271 863001
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    Events 4 Ilfracombe are pleased to announce a one off major event for Ilfracombe to mark the 100 year anniversary of the end of the First World War. This event 'World War One Celebrate and Commemorate' will take place in Ilfracombe over the afternoon and evening of Saturday 10 November, the day before Remembrance Sunday. People of Ilfracombe, friends, family and visitors are all welcome.

    The event starts with a 'Living Letters' photo on Capstone Hill. For those who haven't come across these pictures before they are a photo of Ilfracombe residents making up a word or series of letters by standing in pre-marked areas on Capstone whilst a photographer takes a picture. These photos have been taken for more than 100 years marking every major national event (like jubilees) and in 2018 we will be recreating the PEACE picture taken in 1918. The collection is held in Ilfracombe Museum and will be on display there during November. Everyone is welcome to take part, just turn up on Capstone by 12.15pm (at the latest) for the photo at 12.30pm on Saturday 10 November.

    Then from 1.00pm in The Landmark Pavilion early 20C handicrafts for children of all ages hosted by Make The Move. Come and learn how to knit, sew, scrapbook and other activities of the day. At 4.00pm the entertainment starts with turns from Small Pond Productions, La La Voices and others. During the afternoon from midday to 5.00pm there will be exhibitions and stalls in the Landmark Foyer showing Ilfracombe 1918 to today. A soup kitchen will also be serving from 1.00pm – an excellent way to warm up with soups modern and old, all tastes catered for! There will be a return of the knitted poppies in a new installation and anyone who is willing to knit or crochet poppies should get in touch. Anyone who wants to learn how should come along on the day, all materials provided.

    For those who remember our 2014 event '1914 -2014 Ilfracombe Says Thank You' we will be recreating the soldier wall in The Landmark Rendezvous Café with picture plaques of the Ilfracombe volunteers who did not return from the war.

    Ilfracombe Museum will be open from midday to 5.00pm on Saturday 10 November with their Faces of War exhibition. They will also display the existing Living Letters picture collection. There will be no entry charge to the museum on 10 November.

    Between 6.45pm and 7.00pm the activity moves outside. Firstly a tribute to the animals of the war followed by a spectacular sound and visual presentation 'Ilfracombe Remembers 1914 -1918' presented by CJH Associates. This presentation is unique in its design and its delivery, a once in a life time visual experience. CJHA will be projecting onto the outside cone of the pavilion, at the Landmark Theatre and will tell a local story of Ilfracombe's involvement in that war; the ladies of the town waving the men off, the hardships that everyone left behind had to endure, the jubilation when the war finally ended. We pay a tribute to the brave volunteers that came back and we also pay a very moving finale to the men that didn't come back.

    Whatever the weather this will be a one off event not to be repeated. So if you want to experience it you have to be there. This event is supported by grants from Ilfracombe Rotary, Ilfracombe Lions, North Devon Council, Devon County Council and a major grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. There is therefore NO CHARGE to attend this event...it's all free!

    Don't forget on Sunday 11 November the 100 year anniversary of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Please observe the 2 minutes silence. Muster outside The Landmark for the parade from 10.00am. Ilfracombe will once again say Thank You in Runnymede Gardens at 10.10am. The Remembrance Day Parade will leave the Landmark at 10.30am followed by the blessing at The War Memorial and the service at Holy Trinity church. All welcome.

    At 7.06pm on 11 November Ilfracombe Town Crier Roy Goodwin will call 'The Cry for Peace' at the War Memorial. This is the time that the guns actually went silent. 'The Cry for Peace' will be performed by Town criers all over the world at 7.06pm local time starting in New Zealand.

    Watch out for updates on facebook.

    Photo Credits: Events 4 Ilfracombe, Steve Swain, Steve Humphreyson, Ilfracombe Museum.