St Albans lights beacon to mark Remembrance Sunday
- Credit: Picture: CRAIG SHEPHEARD
A beacon was lit in St Albans over the weekend to mark the end of a day remembering those who fought in World War I.
Throughout Remembrance Sunday, events were held in the city to mark 100 years since the Armistice.
At 6am, as dawn broke, a lone piper stationed outside St Albans Cathedral played ‘The Battle’s O’er’, a traditional Scottish lament. He was one of 1,000 pipers who played the same tune at historic locations across the country.
The two-minute silence took place at 11am at the city’s war memorial beside St Peter’s Church, led by Mayor Cllr Rosemary Farmer.
‘There But Not There’ Tommy silhouettes were on display at the Cathedral, the war memorial and St Albans Museum + Gallery to represent the fallen, and during the evening both the Cathedral and the museum were illuminated in poppy red.
In the evening, hundreds of people lined the pavements to watch and support the annual parade and service, which started in St Peter’s Street at 6.30pm.
Representatives from the Royal British Legion, Air, Sea and Army Cadets, HMS Wildfire, the Guiding and Scout movements and the police all took part in the march.
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After the parade came to a halt by the memorial, there was a multi-faith service with county, district, town and parish councillors attending alongside religious leaders. St Peter’s Church choir led the singing and pupils from Heathlands School for deaf children signed ‘I Vow To Thee My Country’.
Mayor Rosemary Farmer, accompanied by her macebearer, lit the beacon at 7pm - one of thousands that lit up the skies across the country. A further two-minutes silence was held to mark the event, and a beacon was also lit at Highfield Park.
Afterwards, Mayor Farmer said: ““This was an especially poignant Remembrance Day as it took place on the centenary of the armistice that ended the First World War.
“I was very proud that once again the whole of our community came together to pay their respects to those who lost their lives while serving their country.
“I was particularly struck by the huge number of people who found the time and made the effort to turn out for the parade and multi-faith service. It was a magnificent show of support for our armed forces.”