Thousands of pounds needed for armistice centenary event

PUBLISHED: 07:00 17 May 2018

Members of The Battles Over 11.11.18, Long Ashton who are raising money for the WW1 Armistice Day 100th anniversary.

Members of The Battles Over 11.11.18, Long Ashton who are raising money for the WW1 Armistice Day 100th anniversary.

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A ‘spectacular’ remembrance event is planned in a North Somerset village but the organisers need help to pull it off.

This year marks 100 years since the signing of the Armistice which brought World War One to an end.

In Long Ashton, a group has been formed to mark the centennial year with a commemorative event on the weekend of November 11.

The village will not only remember the 300 servicemen who ‘answered the call for king and country’ but those who have served since.

The weekend of events will include church services, live music, a poppy trail and more, but the organisers – The Battles Over Long Ashton 11.11.18 – need help to raise almost £8,000 to fund the plans.

The commemoration will start on November 9 at 7.30pm with the Royal British Legion remembrance concert, which will be held at All Saints church, in Church Lane, with performances from the Tredegar Orpheus Male Voice Choir and The Downs School music ensemble.

There will be a poppy trail set up in the churchyard over the weekend as well as poppy stalls.

People will then be invited to the Remembrance Day parade on the Sunday morning which will be followed by a drumhead service in Peel Park at 6pm.

The village will also take part in the National Chain Of Beacons, with the Long Ashton beacon being lit by a 96-year-old World War Two veteran, and finally the ringing of the church bells.

Group secretary David Addis said: “It is part of our village history and there are a lot of people who have moved to the village who have no idea what happened and should know.

“Sixty five people in World War One did not come home and it is important they are remembered.

“This will ensure people have the opportunity to learn about the former residents of the village, where they lived, and their occupation, prior to going off to serve the flag.

“This will be a spectacular weekend of enjoyable and educational events, bringing all members of the community together.”

The money raised will go towards equipment including wet weather shelters, floodlighting and sound systems.

To pledge, click here.

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