Battle's Over - WW1 Tribute
6.00am - Battle’s Over - Sleep in peace, now the battle’s over – St Helens Church – Etwall
The sound of 1,000 bagpipes will fill the air before dawn has broken on 11th November 2018. This was the actual time that the Armistice was signed. In cities and towns individual pipers will play Battle’s O’er - a traditional air played by pipers after a battle. Heralding the start of the day’s commemorations, they will play the haunting tune outside churches and cathedrals, in market squares and muddy fields, on hilltops and high streets, in valleys and village greens throughout the United Kingdom and overseas.
A lone piper will play Battle’s O’er in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey, London.
Our own piper and churchwarden, Andrew Walley, will be playing outside St Helens Church at the War Memorial at 6.00 a.m. on Sunday 11th November – all welcome! Tea and coffee will be served in the church afterwards.
This will be followed by the Remembrance Day Service at St Helens Church at 10.45 a.m. attended by youth groups, local dignitaries and a large congregation.
The day will conclude with St Helens bell ringing team ‘Ringing Out for Peace’ again a National initiative, where bell ringers all around the country will ring simultaneously at 7.05 p.m. It is a fitting tribute to the 1,400 or so bell ringers who lost their lives during WW1.