Over 300 residents and visitors joined us on the headland in Seaton Sluice on Sunday night for the lighting of the ‘Beacon of Light’. We were also joined by Local MP Mr Ronnie Campbell and Cllr. Ian Hutchinson the Deputy Civic Head of Northumberland County Council.
The beacon was commissioned and installed by Seaton Valley Council as part of the Battle’s Over commemoration to the end of hostilities in World War 1 when the guns eventually fell silent across the battlefields. The Beacons of Light were lit in tribute to signify the light of peace that emerged from the darkness of four years of war.
The Seaton Valley Beacon, along with hundreds of other beacons throughout the UK and the Commonwealth were lit at 7pm.
After an introduction and welcome by Cllr. Stephen Stanners, Chair of the Council, the names of the fallen, from the War Memorials in the five Seaton Valley villages, were read out by local young people in a moving act of remembrance. This was followed by the Tribute to the Millions that was read by Cllr. Susan Dungworth.
Following the Last Post, which was sounded by Mr. Ron Creasey formerly of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers, the Beacon was lit and Seaton Valley paid a fitting tribute to those from the area who made the ultimate sacrifice.
The event closed with a prayer from Father Phil Hughes.
We would like to thank the County Council’s Street lighting team for helping with the installation of the beacon and to Ivanhoe Forge Ltd for manufacturing the brazier. Thanks also to the County Council NEAT team for helping to get the site ready for us and to representatives from Seaton Sluice and Old Hartley Community Association for acting as wardens at the event.
Pictures of the event can be viewed below
Battle’s Over is organised by Pageantmaster Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, Battle’s Over takes place on 11 November 2018, with events throughout the UK, Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and at scores of locations overseas, including New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, Bermuda, France, Belgium, Canada, the USA and Germany.