Lighting the Beacon - Memorial Day 2018

Bloomsbury Square
Bloomsbury Square
Event time
6.30pm - 7:15pm
11 Nov 2018

Join us in Camden as we are one of over 1,000 Beacons of Light will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories.

This is a commemoration inspired by a comment made on 3rd August 1914 by Britain’s Foreign Minister, Sir Edward Grey. He was looking out of his office window at dusk as gas lights were being lit along London’s Mall when he remarked to a friend, “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.” Our country was about to be plunged into the darkness of the First World War, and it would be four long years before Britain and Europe would again experience the light of peace.

The event runs as follows:


6.40pm – Public are invited to arrive

6.50pm – Welcome by Councillor Jenny Headlam-Wells, Mayor of Camden

6.55pm - The Last Post performed by Christian Kiely-Charalambous from UCL Academy

7.00pm – The beacon is lit with a silence to follow

7.01pm - St. Pancras Church Choir Performs – 'I vow to thee my country'

7.05pm - Bells ring in churches throughout the UK – bells heard from local churches

7.06pm – Councillor Jenny Headlam-Wells, Mayor of Camden, reads out poem ‘For an Ex-Far East Prisoner of War’ by Charles Causley

7.08pm – St. Pancras Church Choir Performs – 'Abide with me'.

7.15pm – Event ends – Imagine by John Lennon played while people exit.