Remembrance Day 2018: Portsmouth Cathedral to turn red in tribute to fallen soliders on Armistice 100Â

Portsmouth Cathedral to turn red to mark the centenary of the armistace and the end of the First World War.Â

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 10th November 2018, 4:37 pm
Updated Monday, 12th November 2018, 1:53 pm
Portsmouth Cathedral will turn red for the armistice 100 celebrations. Picture: Malcolm Wells
Portsmouth Cathedral will turn red for the armistice 100 celebrations. Picture: Malcolm Wells

As well as that a piper will play '˜Battle's Over' outside the cathedral at 6am tomorrow (November 11). 

The tune will be played by 1,300 pipers at the same time across the country from village greens and in high streets to the Tomb of The Unkown Warrior at Westminster Abbey in London.

'Battle's Over' is part of a series of hundreds of local events to mark 100 years since the Armistice.

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Portsmouth Cathedral will turn red for the armistice 100 celebrations. Picture: Malcolm Wells

The tribute takes its name from a tune traditionally played by the pipers of Scottish regiments at the end of a battle called 'When The Battle's Over'.

'˜Matins for Remembrance Sunday', will be held at Portsmouth Cathedral at 10.30am. 

In addition, the Cathedral bells will be rung in a half-muffled peal to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice at 11.30am and again at 1.00pm

One of the other ways that Portsmouth Cathedral is marking the 100th anniversary of the Armistice ending the First World War is the '˜Field of Remembrance' on the Cathedral Green around the Old Portsmouth War Memorial. 

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Members of the public during their visits to Portsmouth have been making and placing their own poppies for the garden on the green. 

There is also a collection box for donations to the 2018 Royal British Legion '˜Poppy Appeal' in the Cathedral.

Inside the cathedral, a '˜Cascade Of Remembrance' has also been installed which is suspended from the organ loft into the nave and crossing. 

The poppies in the display were all made by nearly 500 school children within the Diocese of Portsmouth, who visited the Cathedral for workshops on the theme of Remembrance. 

The children chose different combinations of fabric and buttons, with varied textures and patterns. No single poppy is the same, representing the uniqueness of every soldier who fell in the First World War.

The tower has been lit on several occasions to help promote public awareness campaigns about health issues including dementia and cancer. 

Last year, the tower was illuminated blue to mark the 100 years of Women's Royal Navy Service. 

This coincided with the installation of a commemorative monument for the service of women in the Royal Navy, which was unveiled by HRH The Princess Royal.

Portsmouth Cathedral has a team of trained listeners who are willing to support and help at every stage of the journey as families come to terms with the death of a loved one, no matter how long this takes.

All those interested should please contact the team at the Cathedral on 023 9282 3300 or email [email protected]