Remembrance services in Hatfield to mark century since end of World War 1

PUBLISHED: 15:57 11 October 2018 | UPDATED: 15:57 11 October 2018

Hatfield House. Picture: Alan Davies.

Hatfield House. Picture: Alan Davies.

Alan Davies

Hatfield Town Council has arranged for a day of remembrance and services to mark a century since the guns of World War I fell silent.

There will be a Sunrise Act of Remembrance at the War Grave Cemetery, Great North Road, at 7am on Sunday, November 11.

Parking has been arranged at Hatfield House visitors’ carpark.

Drivers can follow the poppies to the entrance to the War Graves, and there will also be signs to point you in the right direction.

Alternatively people can park on the Great North Road, where cones and Hatfield Town Council staff in Hi-Viz jackets will mark the area.

On Sunday, November 11, Hatfield Town Council has also arranged a parade that will start from the Red Lion Pub traffic lights, Great North Road at 10.45am.

Following this the service of remembrance will be held in the Memorial Gardens, followed by the laying of wreaths.

If you wish to lay a wreath please email in advance.

Parking is available in the train station car park.

Everyone is then invited to follow the clergy and parade into the grounds of Hatfield House, along the North Avenue up to the steps of Hatfield House for a short service which is similar to events at the end of World War I.

Immediately after the service, Lady Salisbury has invited everyone to join her for tea or coffee in the riding school, located in the stable yard.

The invitation extends to return to the stable yard at Hatfield House at 6pm to gather ready for the evening’s events.

Lord Salisbury, joined by descendants of local people who fought in World War I, will light a beacon in commemoration and remembrance of the end of the war and the many millions who were killed or came home dreadfully wounded.

This is part of a chain of over 1,000 beacons being lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories at 7pm on the 11 November 2018 – a century after the guns fell silent.

Then at 7.05pm church and cathedral bells will be Ringing out for peace, organised with the assistance of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers, the representative body for groups who ring bells in the English tradition with rope and wheel.

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