Despite strong winds and the threat of rain, hundreds of people turned out to take part in Seaton’s Beacons of Light – an international commemoration marking 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of World War I.
The ceremony was held in Jubilee Gardens on Sunday evening on 11th November, led by the Town Council, St Gregory’s Church, Crossroads Christian Centre and the Royal British Legion.
Following a short commemoration of prayer, WWI songs, poems and stories from the servicemen and women of the time, the beacon was lit by the Chairman of Seaton Town Council, Cllr Peter Burrows, at 7pm. This was one of more than a thousand beacons being lit across the country to mark this special event.
Councillor Jack Rowland spoke a few poignant words during the ceremony, saying that he would like to take the opportunity to thank the members of the Royal British Legion, St Gregory’s Church, the Crossroad Christian Centre and the staff and Councillors of Seaton Town Council for helping to make this commemoration happen.
“World War 1 was described at the time as the war to end all wars, but subsequent history sadly proved otherwise. Of the 6 million British service people who were mobilised, 704,803 lost their lives with many more thousands suffering life changing physical injuries and mental health issues. 32 service people with Seaton connections made the ultimate sacrifice that illustrates that every city, town, village and hamlet in the U.K. was affected by the scale of the conflict. The numbers involved are staggering and we owe so much to our service people who fought to protect the freedoms we enjoy today in the U.K.
As well as paying our respects this is also an opportunity to look forward as symbolised by the lighting of the beacon this evening. With all the current tensions in the world the current and future generations always need to remember and understand the past to try and ensure we never experience a repetition on the scale that happened 100 years ago.”
(Photo:- Keith West)