On Sunday 11 November Britain was lit up with 1,000 fire beacons to commemorate the end of the end of World War 1.
Stunning pictures in the national media showed locations such as Portsmouth, Bolton and Reigate displaying beautiful lights as the nation fell silent on the centenary of the end of the historic conflict. The awe-inspiring display was a powerful tribute to the millions who fought and died in the First World War, which was remembered at thousands of services up and down the country.
Long Itchington held its own Beacon lighting ceremony at the newly-unveiled War Memorial on The Green, which was erected to honour the 54 men from the Parish of Long Itchington and Bascote (including Bascote Heath) and the Stoneythorpe Estate who died in the two World Wars. As the Beacon was lit residents read out poems and read out the names of those who gave their lives.
Councillor Barbara Atkins said: “The Beacon ceremony went very well and it was a perfect end to all the commemoration events. Lots of people worked very hard to ensure that it was an uplifting and moving occasion and I would like to extend thanks to them all.”
The Parish Council would like to acknowledge the tremendous amount of work that went into making the event a success – including Jon Venn, Dave and Rhona Berry, Russ and Judy Mansfield, Ian Briggs for compering the event, Sally Shillitoe and Louis Adam for helping with the marshalling, and Simon and Sharon at The Harvester for lending their traffic cones.
Special thanks to James Briggs, who not only helped to initially set up and test the beacon, but on the night brought all the equipment down to The Green, helped to set everything up and then took everything back afterwards.