Centennial Remembrance Day commemorations planned around North Somerset

PUBLISHED: 19:00 08 November 2018

The river of poppies at Jubilee Park in Portishead.    

Picture: MARK ATHERTON

The river of poppies at Jubilee Park in Portishead. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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Millions of men sacrificed their lives to battle on the frontline for king and country during World War One and this weekend will see North Somerset pay tribute to the fallen soldiers.

The 100 Poppies exhibit on the Full Fathom Five Sculpture in Portishead.    

Picture: MARK ATHERTONThe 100 Poppies exhibit on the Full Fathom Five Sculpture in Portishead. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

To mark the 100th anniversary since the signing of the Armistice, communities will come together for a variety of events.

There will be the usual minute silence and services taking place but some towns and villages are going the extra mile to celebrate the landmark event.

Villagers have come together to knit, draw and create special masterpieces for the centennial.

In Backwell, some 170 poppies were made from ceramic and hung in netting by the memorial for all to see and enjoy.

Knitted poppies line Clevedon Pier. Picture: Phil CurmeKnitted poppies line Clevedon Pier. Picture: Phil Curme

Meanwhile in Portishead, hundreds of poppies, made from plastic bottle tops, have created a cascade of red in Jubilee Park.

A number of places will also join in with the ceremonial lighting of the beacon which will be lit at around 7pm on Sunday around the country and church bells will toll to remember the fallen.

Concerts, performances and exhibitions are among the more unique events taking place to mark the 100th anniversary:

•• Portishead Methodist Church, in High Street, will host an interactive exhibition using silhouettes donated by the Armistice and Armed Forces Communities programme.

A funeral company has created a touching memorial to both war horses and soldiers.A funeral company has created a touching memorial to both war horses and soldiers.

The exhibition is open from tomorrow (Thursday) to Tuesday from 10am-4pm each day except for Saturday, when it is only open from 10am to noon, and Sunday when it is closed.

• An evening concert to mark the end of the Great War will be held on Friday at Clevedon’s Princes Hall, in Princes Road, at 7.20pm.

Tickets, priced £10, are available from The Music Shop, The Present Company, Shopland’s Sawmills and the community centre.

All proceeds will go to the Blind Veterans UK charity.

Knitted poppies line Clevedon Pier. Picture: Phil CurmeKnitted poppies line Clevedon Pier. Picture: Phil Curme

• The Battle’s Over Long Ashton 11.11.18 will see the parish mark the centenary with a concert on Friday at All Saints Church at 7.30pm.

On Sunday, there will then be a drumhead ceremony and service at 9.50am, before a beacon lighting at 7pm.

A book has also been produced, detailing the lives of the 350 men and women who served during World War One from the parish, as well as the 67 people who did not return.

• Tour Yatton’s war memorials on Saturday, starting at St Mary’s Church, in Church Road from 2pm before finishing at the Methodist church, in High Street.

Portishead In Bloom created a river of poppies. Picture: Barry GunterPortishead In Bloom created a river of poppies. Picture: Barry Gunter

People can then pay tribute to the wartime heroes at Yatton Methodist Church with prayers, readings and music from 4-5pm.

There will also be poems read which were penned by soldiers on the front.

The traditional parade along the High Street to the war memorial will happen at about 10.40am on Sunday.

• An indoor street party will be held at Congresbury Memorial Hall, in High Street, from 3-5pm to mark the centenary with wartime songs on Saturday.

Ceramic poppies were strung up by the memorial.Ceramic poppies were strung up by the memorial.

• People in Nailsea will join in with the Legacy Of Light ceremony being held in Weston on Saturday.

At the tithe barn, visitors will be asked to light a candle at 6pm to remember those across North Somerset who died in the war.

• People in Kingston Seymour are hosting a number of events to mark the centenary.

On Friday, the friends of All Saints will host a People’s Concert which is free to attend at 7.30pm.

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There will be poetry, readings, stories and music and dance for all to enjoy with all donations going to the Royal British Legion.

The historical society has then organised three history trails around the village which all start and finish at the church.

It will focus on Kingston Seymour’s involvement in the world wars and starts at 1pm on Saturday.

Cream tea will also be served in the church both before and after the event.

The river of poppies at Jubilee Park in Portishead.    

Picture: MARK ATHERTONThe river of poppies at Jubilee Park in Portishead. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

At 7pm that evening, dine in 1918-style with a formal dinner where people are encouraged to wear period dress. Edesia’s Kitchen will lay out a three-course menu in the village hall.

• In Clevedon, an open air service will be held at the Triangle from 10.45-11.15am on Sunday where a named poppy will be placed to mark those from Clevedon who did not come home.

There will then be a parade from Salthouse Fields to St Andrew’s Church at 2.30pm on Sunday.

• A parade will march off from Broad Street in Wrington at 2.50pm, with the service in All Saints’ Church at 3pm.

A funeral company has created a touching memorial to both war horses and soldiers.A funeral company has created a touching memorial to both war horses and soldiers.

Portishead Town Council and Gordano Scouts will play their parts in the international commemoration of The Battle’s Over. The youngsters will place poppy crosses for each serviceman lost during the war from the town followed by a lone piper performing the Last Post at 6.55pm on Sunday. A beacon of light will then be lit at Battery Point, in Esplanade Road.

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