Cathedral lit for Remembrance and Hope this November

4 November 2018

Wakefield Cathedral turns red for Remembrance and white for hope this Armistice Day.

A single poppy will be projected onto the tower of Wakefield Cathedral in the run up to Remembrance Sunday when it will be flooded red with light to mark the end of the Centenary of the First World War.

This unique lighting project will see the cathedral’s south side turn red, and the tower lit up white for hope to coincide with the lighting of the beacon at 7pm as part of a nationwide initiative on Armistice Day.

On Friday a single poppy will light up the tower and remain there; a constant reminder of the Armistice Centenary.

The Dean of Wakefield, the Very Revd Simon Cowling said: “The Cathedral has been the spiritual heart of our city for over a thousand years and belongs to us all. As we mark the hundredth anniversary of the 1918 Armistice, it is our privilege to invite all people of goodwill to share in the programme of events at the Cathedral this Remembrance-tide. I hope that what we are offering will enable people of all faiths and no faith to feel a sense of community solidarity and to express a collective desire for peace and reconciliation between the nations.”

The project to light the cathedral has been made possible by a partnership with Backstage Academy and The Wakefield Bid. Backstage Academy, founded in July 2009, offers specialised training for the live events sector. Four years ago, students on its Live Visual Design and Production degree course designed a lighting scheme for the cathedral’s newly opened labyrinth and bathed the rood screen in purple and blue for a special youth event.

Shannon Harvey, senior lecturer at Backstage Academy said: “Here at Backstage we know that sound and light is unique in that it can hold its audience in a single moment and we are proud to use our skills to support this project, to bring the stunning architecture of our local cathedral alive, and remind those present of the importance of this very special occasion.”

Armistice Events at Wakefield Cathedral start with

Thurs 8th November: 7pm Requiem for Remembrance

Friday 9thNovember – single poppy will be projected onto Cathedral tower

Sat 10th November– 10.55am Poppy planting and Act of Remembrance

Wed 14th Nov – premiere of the Trench Symphony Project 8-9pm

Armistice Sunday – 11thNovember

6am - Wakefield Cathedral will join every other cathedral in England when a lone piper will stand outside and play Battle’s O'er (traditionally played for soldiers returning to their barracks) .

10.55am- Act of Remembrance simultaneously at the War Memorial and the Cathedral

12.30pm - Cathedral bells will ring out as part of the nationwide Act of Commemoration as they did 100 years ago to mark the time that the news of the 1918 Armistice began to filter through. There will be a March for Peace in the city at this time too.

4.30pm - Festival of Remembrance

6pm - 9pm - Bellringers will ring a peal for peace.

7pm - the brazier will be lit and the cathedral will be lit red and the tower illuminated white

All are welcome

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