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Guernsey Marks the End of the First World War

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Monday 29 October 2018

One hundred years ago, on 11th November 1918, the guns fell silent on the Western Front, bringing an end to the First World War. Guernsey is marking the event throughout Remembrance Sunday, which this year coincides with Armistice Day.

At 08.59 the siren at Victoria Tower will sound. This will be followed by the All Clear.

At 11.00 the gun at Castle Cornet will fire to mark the beginning of the two-minute silence. Gunners from the Guernsey Military History Company will be dressed in uniforms of the First World War. A second gun marks the end of the two minutes' silence.

The Remembrance Day Parade and service will be held at the Island War Memorial, commencing after 11.00 once the gun has fallen silent, and concluding with the laying of wreaths.

Castle Cornet will be open free to the public from 10.00 to 12 noon. The Royal Guernsey Light Infantry Regimental Museum and the 201 Squadron RAF Museum will be open.

In the evening Guernsey joins over 1,000 locations in Britain and the Overseas Territories in the 'Battle's Over' tribute.

At 18.55 a bugler will sound the Last Post on the Citadel at Castle Cornet.

At 19.00 the Bailiff of Guernsey Sir Richard Collas will light the Castle beacon, as one of a chain of 'Beacons of Light'. Note that the Castle will not be open to the public during the evening.

At 19.05 bell-ringers 'Ring Out for Peace' at the Town Church.

1,500 hand-made poppies representing the local men who lost their lives in the First World War will be displayed in the Town Church.

The Royal British Legion has also arranged for Perspex figures of British 'Tommies' to be seated in island churches to remind us of those who are no longer here. This year's Poppy Appeal is being supported at a concert of Commemoration and Remembrance at St James on Saturday 10th November by Guernsey Symphonic Winds.

'The End of the First World War' is featured in a small foyer display at Guernsey Museum until the end of the year. It shows how the War did not simply 'end' on 11 November 1918.

The Island Archive Service is mounting an exhibition 'Letters from the Front' to mark the end of the war. This runs until March 2019 at St Barnabas and entry is free.

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