The Battle’s Over in Roecliffe

roecliffe1Roecliffe was one of 1300 Beacons of Light which were lit throughout the United Kingdom at 7.00pm. This commemoration was inspired by a comment made on August 3rd 1914 by Britain’s Foreign Minister, Sir Edward Gray. He was looking out of his office window at dusk as gas lights were lit along London’s streets when he remarked to a friend, “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime”. This event also commemorated the huge army of men and women on the home front who, often in dangerous and exhausting conditions, underpinned the war effort, keeping the wheels of industry turning and bringing home the harvests. Our beacon will symbolise the light of hope that emerged from the darkness of war.
roecliffe2And so at 7.00pm we lit a Beacon outside our church. This was preceded by an introduction to the Commemoration by Jim Bolland, followed by a tribute read by Tim Collin (pictured right), who has previously served as a Captain in the 13th/18th Royal Hussars for 5 years. In particular we remembered three people from Roecliffe who laid down their lives in WW1; Richard Winn Winn, Christopher Scott Kemp and Harry Slater, all from the West Yorkshire Regiment. The tribute was followed by the playing of The Last Post. After the Beacon then the church bell was rung.
Finally, the good numbers who supported this Commemoration were served with a glass of mulled wine when they could share their relatives WW1 stories. Donations received during the event raised £47 for the Royal British Legion.
Thanks to everyone who helped with all the preparations.

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