ARMISTICE 100: Ford and Etal Estates to play part in Battle's Over commemoration

Ford & Etal Estates, together with the North Northumberland Royal British Legion and Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre, is playing its part in Battle's Over on Sunday, an international commemoration marking 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the First World War.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 09 November, 2018, 11:49
The beacon at Watchlaw, Ford

The commemorations begin at Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre, which will launch its Purple Poppy Fall which will run until November 10, 2019. Visitors are invited to purchase a poppy and clip it onto the display, with proceeds going to The War Horse Memorial.

During the day, a First World War bugle and horse’s head collar will be on display, along with tributes and information reflecting the important part that heavy working Clydesdale horses played, and the fact that the war marked the demise of the breed as so many horses did not return home.

At 5.45pm, Anna Cockburn will ride Merlin, one of Hay Farm’s horses, to join Ford & Etal’s Beacon of Light near Watchlaw Farm. Visitors are invited to meet from 6.30pm where there will be a reading, followed at 6.55pm by the sounding of the Last Post by Max Humphreys. At 7pm, the beacon will be lit.

This is one of a national chain of beacons which signify the light of peace that emerged from the darkness of four years of war. Hot soup, tea and coffee will be available. Donations to the Royal British Legion North Northumberland are very welcome.

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Ford & Etal Estates’ Lord Joicey said: “We are proud to be playing a part in this historic international event to commemorate the centenary of the end of the Great War, and to recognise the contribution and sacrifice made by the men and women from our own community.

“It is also an opportunity to remember 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, bringing the harvests home and ensuring the nation did not starve.”

The beacon will be located near Watchlaw Farm, one mile north-east of Ford. It will be signposted from the B6353;

Grid Reference for the event is NT958 392. Please wear warm clothing and suitable footwear.