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Pages of the Sea

Blackpool Beach (adjacent to the War Memorial, North of North Pier) 
07:45 - 09:45

Blackpool will be part of Pages of the Sea, Danny Boyle’s commission for 14-18 NOW to mark the centenary of Armistice Day.

The public is invited to gather on beaches across the UK for an informal, nationwide gesture of remembrance for the men and women who left their home shores during the First World War.

Communities will gather on beaches around the UK to say thank you and goodbye to the millions of men and women who left their shores, many never to return.

On Blackpool Beach, adjacent to the Blackpool War Memorial (North of North Pier), from dawn until 9.45am, the portrait of Lance Corporal John Edward Arkwright will emerge from the sand. And then, as the tide rises, be washed away as we take a moment to say a collective goodbye.

John  Arkwright  was  one  of  the  first  Lancastrians  killed  during  the  war.  He  was  born  in  Lancaster  and  from  1906  to  October  1913  he  was  a  member  of  the  1st  Battalion,  King's  Own Royal  Lancaster  Regiment. John was  a  lance  corporal  with  his  unit  stationed  in  Dover  and  quickly mobilised,  arriving  in  France  on  23  August  1914.  Three  days  later,  the  regiment  saw  bitter action  at  Haucourt,  during  the  battle  of  Le  Cateau,  a  vital  rearguard  action  following  the  Battle of  Mons,  itself  the  first  major  action  the  British  Expeditionary  Force  (BEF)  saw  in  France. Although  the  Germans  were  victorious,  the  battle  allowed  the  bulk  of  the  BEF  to  fall  back  to Saint  Quentin.  The regiment suffered many casualties and men taken prisoner. John himself was killed in action.        

Poet Carol Ann Duffy has written a poem especially for the events, to be read by individuals, families and communities. Communities can also get involved in creating artwork in the sand using stencils of portraits at the beaches.

Blackpool Remembrance Service

Sunday 11 November at Blackpool's Cenotaph at 10.55am

There will be the two minutes silence, a service and wreath laying ceremony in memory of those who gave their lives in the service of their country followed by a parade.

The timings are approximations only, and may differ slightly on the day.
10.00am -10.30am – Parade contingents gather
10.40am - Civic procession from the Town Hall to the War Memorial
10.45am - Music by the Salvation Army and The Band of the King’s Division
10.55am - Service Commences
11.00am - Two minute silence
11.05am - Wreath laying by civic party, dignitaries, and parading contingents only
11.30am - Service end and parade forms up
1145am - Parade begins led by The Band of the King’s Division
12.15am - Parade ends

Saturday 10 November - Houndshill Shopping Centre, 11am - 3pm

Houndshill Shopping Centre are holding a WWI Tea Party & Craft Workshop this Saturday, join us from 11am for a fun-filled event, featuring live entertainment from Lillie De Carlo and Dancers from Nicky Figgins Centre Stage Academy.