Portsmouth Cathedral Lights Tower Red For Remembrance Weekend

Portsmouth, 9th November:


Portsmouth Cathedral is lighting its tower red for Remembrance Weekend marking the 100 years of the end of the First World War and the 1918 Armistice. 

 At 6.00am on Sunday 11th November, a piper outside Portsmouth Cathedral will join more than 1,300 pipers in a national tribute, known as ‘Battle’s Over’, who will play from village greens and in high streets, to a lone piper in front of the Tomb Of The Unknown 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. 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 this Sunday 11th November 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.  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.

To mark the anniversary of the Armistice the Cathedral will also be hosting ‘Standing in Silence’ a photographic exhibition from Monday 29th October until Monday 12th November, by artist John Farnhill, of some of the key sites of conflict from the First World War. Rather than seeking out the usual scars of war or the memorials that are so often pictured, these current, empty and organic landscapes invite the viewer to contemplate historic events and complete their own narrative.  On Remembrance Sunday at 10.30am there will be a Matins for Remembrance Sunday service and in the evening at 8.00pm a Remembrance Day Concert featuring the premiere of a new Missa Brevis by Ola Gjeilo a new joint commission by the Cathedral and The Portsmouth Grammar School.

Portsmouth Cathedral has also launched a new campaign to help families by offering a unique way of remembering a loved one who lit up their lives, by lighting up the Cathedral Tower on the day of your choice.  Birthdays, anniversaries of a death, can be a tough and poignant time for many. Often, families want to mark that time quietly on their own, or perhaps might visit a grave or cemetery, and bring flowers and share memories.

The Portsmouth Cathedral tower is a famous landmark and can be seen from around Portsmouth and the seafront.  The tower is also one of the first parts of the iconic Portsmouth skyline that people see when they come into the harbour by sea.

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 info@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk

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