Peace Day Procession – Friday 19th July – 5.30pm  

The Beer 2014 Group is working with Beer Primary School to mark the centenary of Peace Day on Friday 19th July with an event in the village.

On 19th July 1919, the nation celebrated Peace Day, to mark the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, which brought an official end to the First World War.  Up to that point there had only been an armistice, which simply brought a ceasefire rather than a peace agreement.  In Beer, there was a sports day, a church service and a procession through the village of men who had served in the armed forces or as merchant seamen during the war.

On Friday 19th July this year there will be a procession from the Primary School to St Michael’s Church to mark the centenary of Peace Day.  We hope that children from the school will take part, each carrying a card with the details of someone from the village who served in the armed forces, on merchant ships, as nurses or as Red Cross Volunteers in the military hospital which was set up at Ryalls Court in Seaton.  We hope that members of the original families will also take part. The procession will leave the Primary School at 5.30pm.

When the procession reaches the hardstanding at the foot of the Jubilee gardens (adjoining the RNLI hut), all of the names will be read, and we will observe one minute’s silence in their memory. This will be the first time that the contribution of all those who served will have been recognised, and will represent a full list of those who will eventually be commemorated by the Memorial Avenue of trees in the clifftop car park.  If the weather is bad, the reading of names will take place in the church.

We hope that as many people as possible will take part, either to watch or to join us in the procession, to honour everyone from the village who served during the First World War.

To coincide with the event, an exhibition will be held on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th July in St. Michael’s church, relating to the experiences of Beer residents in the First World War.

Richard Scott

Chair, Beer 2014 Group