Barr Beacon the stage for Remembrance Service

Last updated: 24/10/2013 12:49:41


More than 650 children from three schools will be taking part in a Remembrance Service at Walsall's Barr Beacon next month - with pupils forming a joint choir for the special event.

Barr Beacon Trust members will be joined by the Mayor of Walsall, Councillor Mohammad Nazir, and a number of faith and community representatives will all attend the service at 11am on Friday 8 November 2013 which will feature prayers, readings, wreath laying and the Last Post.

Doves will also be released from the war memorial to symbolise Peace and a flag will be raised by the Mercian Volunteer Regimental Association

The event has been jointly organised by Blackwood St Anne's and Lindens Primaries and the Trust, supported by Walsall Council.

Councillor Adrian Andrew, chair of Barr Beacon Trust, said: "The restored war memorial at Barr Beacon will provide the perfect setting for this important service and we're really pleased that local schools want to play such an active role.

"It is important to reflect on history to determine the future.

"Young people need to have an understanding of the sacrifices that have been made over the years by our service men and women for our freedom and I think events such as this help raise awareness and leave a lasting reminder."

Councillor Gary Clarke, Trust vice-chairman added: "I know that the schools will be joining together to create one choir on the day and very much look forward to hearing them sing from the top of Walsall’s highest point.

"Their combined efforts will ensure this Remembrance Service is a fitting tribute to those who have lost their lives in conflict on all sides and the Trust is proud of their commitment and involvement."

Blackwood Primary School deputy headteacher Lindsay Charles said: "The school has been working closely with Barr Beacon's community liaison officer Martin Harrison on various projects and really wanted to be involved in staging something meaningful around Remembrance Day.

"The Remembrance Service is an opportunity for our schools to show our respect for those who have lost their lives in wars past and present and unify in our wish for peace.

"The children have been busy rehearsing and are looking forward to what promises to be a day to remember."

Barr Beacon's war memorial is back to its former glory now that a significant part of a £440,000 restoration project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)  has been completed.

Discussions are taking place around a rededication ceremony in 2014 and plans are in the pipeline for a host of events for all communities to enjoy at the much-loved site.

The Heritage Lottery Fund project, Raising The Barr, aimed to reinstate the well-known landmark as a shining beacon of community pride with a full restoration of the site’s heritage features including a rare design of flagpole, an historic tree plantation, and its war memorial.