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Join Ringing out for Peace this Armistice

Published: 25th January 2018

The organisers of Battles Over, a national andinternational event marking the armistice, wants to see more than 1,000churches and cathedrals participate by ringing their bells simultaneously at7.05pm on the night of November 11th 2018.

Pageantmaster Bruno Peek is encouraging bell ringers totake part in Ringing Out for Peace. He said: 

"We want this to be the most widespreadringing of church bells since the First World War.

It would be a fitting and moving tribute to the 1,400 orso bell ringers that we understand lost their lives during that war, said MrPeek. I have no doubt that dedicated campanologists in Britain and around theworld will want to join in this once-in-a-lifetime tribute to everyone whoserved on the battlefields, the high seas and the home front.

Ringing Out for Peace is part of Battles Over, day-long,unique commemoration of the end of the first world war taking place throughoutthe United Kingdom, Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, and at scores oflocations overseas, including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Somaliland, theUnited States and Germany.

It begins at 6am on November 11th 2018 with lone pipersplaying Battles O'er, a traditional tune played after a battle, outside everycathedral in the country.

At the same time, pipers everywhere will be playing thesame tune in their local communities around the world. The tribute is beingorganised with the assistance of Glasgow-based College of Piping, local pipebands around the world, Air Training Corps and the Army Cadet Force.

That evening, at 6.55pm buglers will sound the Last Postat more than 1,000 locations across the country, this will be followed at 7pmwith WW1 Beacons of Light signifying thelight of peace that emerged from the dreadful darkness of war.

Then at 7.05pm church and cathedral bells will ring outin, Ringing Out for Peace, being organised with the assistance of the CentralCouncil of Church Bell Ringers, the representative body for groups who ringbells in the English tradition with rope and wheel. It was founded in 1891 andrepresents 65 affiliated societies of local ringers from all over the BritishIsles and in Australia, Canada, the USA, South Africa and Italy.

Mr Peek said: 

The stirring sound of church and cathedralbells will provide a fitting conclusion to a day of contemplation,commemoration and, ultimately, celebration as the United Kingdom and othernations reflect on events a century ago, on the battlefields of Europe and athome in our factories and farms.

I hope as many people as possible will join us in theBattles Over events to mark the conclusion of the first world war and paytribute to the loved ones who played their part.

Churches can register their involvement by completing theRinging out for Peace entry form found at

Pageantmaster Bruno Peek has had the privilege oforganising major national events and some of our country's most memorablespectacles for more than thirty years. More information on Battles Over A Nation's Tribute 11th November 2018, and how to take part, can also be found at

The event has four charities linked to it The RoyalNaval Association, Army Benevolent Fund the Soldiers Charity, RAF BenevolentFund and the Merchant Navy Association.

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