Organised by Pageantmaster Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, this Remembrance Sunday there are hundreds of events taking place across the UK, Europe and the worldmarking 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of World War I.
Open as usual on 11th November, Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre will launch its “Purple Poppy Fall” which will run through until 10th November 2019. Visitors are invited to purchase a poppy and clip it onto the display, with proceeds going to The War Horse Memorial. During the day a WWI bugle and horse’s head collar will be on display along with tributes and information reflecting the important part that heavy working Clydesdale horses paid in WWI, and the fact that the war marked the demise of the breed as so many horses did not return home.
At 5.45pm Anna Cockburn will ride Merlin, one of Hay Farm’s horses, to join Ford & Etal’s Beacon of Light near Watchlaw Farm. Visitors are invited to meet here from 6.30pm where there will be a reading, followed at 6.55pm by the sounding of the Last Post by Max Humphreys (15) and the lighting of the beacon at exactly 7pm.