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.