Preparing to remember the war dead, and commemorate the end of World War One.

PUBLISHED: 11:37 02 November 2018

To commemorate the Armistice of 1918, Colyton Parish History Society staged  an exhibition - Colyton’s war 1914-1918 – at the parish church. Picture CONTRIBUTED

To commemorate the Armistice of 1918, Colyton Parish History Society staged an exhibition - Colyton’s war 1914-1918 – at the parish church. Picture CONTRIBUTED

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Remembrance Day services and parades will be held to remember the lives lost in wars, and a Beacon of Light will be lit in Seaton

Remembrance events will be taking place across mid and east Devon during the weekend of November 10 and 11.

The Royal British Legion is organising parades and services in local towns, and Seaton is taking part in the national Beacon of Light ceremony on Sunday evening.

The Honiton branch of the RBL distributed 212 boxes of poppies to businesses around the town at the end of October, and is also selling poppies in the streets. An act of remembrance will take place outside St Paul’s Church on Sunday at 11am, and a parade will be held at 2.30pm with a church service at 3.00. This will be followed by a wreath laying ceremony and a further act of remembrance.

The chairman of the Royal British Legion’s Honiton branch, Paul Shaw, said: “In Honiton we are hoping for a big turnout on Remembrance Day. The town of Honiton has always supported Remembrance well, and, this being the 100th Anniversary of the end of hostilities in World War, we will remember the 142 brave men from Honiton who paid the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives.”

Axminster’s RBL will also hold a full remembrance service and a large parade.

In Seaton there will be a full remembrance service on Sunday, followed by a chance to join the national Beacon of Light ceremony in the evening.

Four years ago, Britain marked 100 years since the start of the war by switching off the lights in Parliament, churches, theatres, public buildings and other important sites. It reflected the remark made in 1938 by the then foreign secretary Sir Edward Grey when he knew war was inevitable: “The lamps are going out all over Europe.”

On Sunday, November 11, beacons will be lit at locations all over the UK and overseas to commemorate 100 years since the end of the conflict. In Seaton the event starts at 6.30pm in Jubilee Gardens, with the beacon to be lit at 7pm. All are welcome to attend.

A Seaton Town Council spokesperson, said: “We are proud to be playing a part in this historic international event to commemorate the centenary of the end of the Great War, and to recognise the contribution and sacrifice made by the men and women from our own community.”

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