Beacons are to be lit at 10 Trinity House lighthouses and locations on 11 November 2018 to remember all those who lost their lives in the First World War

To mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, more than 1,000 gas powered beacons are to be lit across the UK at 7pm on 11 November 2018.

Trinity House will be taking part, and members of the public are being invited to witness the spectacle.

Beacons will be lit at the following locations: Heugh Hill Lighthouse (Holy Island, Northumberland); Flamborough Head Lighthouse (Yorkshire); Harwich Pier (Essex); North Foreland Lighthouse (Kent); St Catherine’s Lighthouse (Isle of Wight); Portland Bill Lighthouse (Dorset); Lizard Lighthouse (Cornwall); St Annes Head Lighthouse (Pembrokeshire); Start Point Lighthouse (Devon) and Cromer Lighthouse (Norfolk).

The event is inspired by a comment made on 3 August 1914 by Foreign Minister Sir Edward Grey. He was looking out of his office window at dusk as gas lights were being lit along London’s Mall when he remarked to a friend “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”

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The beacon lightings are part of the Battle’s Over series of events, which has been organised by Pageantmaster Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR and will be held throughout the day on 11 November 2018.

More information about the beacon lightings is available from the Pageantmaster’s website:

Those wishing to attend the Trinity House beacon lightings are being advised that there are no comfort facilities on site and access is often difficult.