Join us to mark battle’s end

A beacon of light will shine from the Capel-le-Ferne clifftop as the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust joins the parish council in marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War on 11 November.

The beacon will be part of a number of events organised to mark 100 years of remembrance as part of Battle’s over – a nation’s tribute.

At dusk on 3 August 1914, Britain’s Foreign Minister Sir Edward Grey was looking out of his office window and noted that gas lights were being lit along the Mall towards Buckingham Palace.

He remarked: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”

The country was about to be plunged into the darkness of the First World War, and it would be four years before Britain and Europe would again experience the light of peace.

To mark the centenary of that event and commemorate the sacrifice of the many millions killed or dreadfully wounded, 1,000 Beacons of Light will be lit throughout the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories at 7pm 11 November – a century after the guns fell silent.

The programme will include a First World War event in the village hall and a torchlit procession to the Battle of Britain Memorial site escorted by 99 (Folkestone) Squadron of the Air Training Corps. A bugler will play Last Post as part of the beacon lighting ceremony.

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