100 years ago the guns fell silent on the world's first truly global war. It is time to think about all of those who lived in that tragic and remarkable time — and who put Britain on the path to becoming what it is today.
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The three-day event is taking place in Malpas on 9th, 10th and 11th November 2018 marking the 100th Anniversary of The Armistice.
The search for First World War artefacts to display in November has begun.
Local and former residents are being encouraged to share family photographs and memorabilia from the period for a exhibition.
Schoolchildren are being asked to help in providing what will go on display by finding out what contribution, military or otherwise, their families made during the First World War, gathering photos and memorabilia and writing up their family histories both for display and for reading out in a public gathering.
It is hoped that the displays and exhibitions will appeal to all ages and the commemoration weekend will also include choral and drama productions.
Shop windows, period costume and re-enactments are set to transform Malpas village back to 1918.
A commemorative parade of period vehicles, horses, carts, carriages and attired residents will move through the streets at 11:15 am making its respectful way to the Recreation Ground.
On the recreation ground a trench network will form part of displays and stands in the Great War commemoration time slip.
Youngsters will be asked if they would like to take part in military style survival training to help them understand the conditions of war.
The Sunday Remembrance Parade will march from the High Street to a service commencing in St. Oswald's Church at 10:45 am on 11th November.
Wreaths will be laid at the war memorial and with military precision the retiring parade will be decommissioned on the High Street.
The weekend will culminate as Malpas assembles outside St Oswald's Church to light a beacon as part of the National Commemoration initiative.
The church choir and Malpas Ladies Choir will sing evening service. A canon gunshot will be fired and a bugler will sound the last post, the beacon will be lit and bells will peal.
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