On Sunday November 11, Weymouth will be joining the country in conducting a Beacon Lighting event to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the First World War, known nationally as the `Battles Over’.

The Weymouth event will take place at the Nothe Fort, free entry to the public, event starts at 6pm with the Beacon Lighting at 7pm.

The event will feature performances from the Bovington Military Wives Choir and the popular Decadettes with the service being conducted by the Rev Cannon Andrew Gough.

The evening will be hosted by the Mayor of Weymouth and Portland, Cllr Gill Taylor, joined by many local associations, standard bearers and members of the public.

Mayor of Weymouth and Portland Borough Council said “I would like to extend a warm welcome to everybody attending this important commemoration, a time to reflect and remember those who sacrificed so much. My thanks go to the Nothe Fort team for hosting the event and the Bovington Military Wives Choir and Decadettes for their support”.

This event will encompass elements of the traditional Remembrance Service normally held at Holy Trinity Church.

The Bovington Military Wives Choir is Dorset's only branch of the network, having started in 2012 following the success of Gareth Malone's television series The Choir. They have gone from strength to strength over the past six years and have had some amazing highlights during that time, such as singing with Lulu in 2016 and this year taking part in the recording of the Military Wives Choirs latest album 'Remember' to commemorate the end of WW1.

Choir Lead, Helen Pugh, said "Being invited to attend the Beacon Ceremony at Nothe Fort is another very special and poignant way of supporting the National commemorations and the ladies of the choir are all delighted to be involved."

The Decadettes are a four part vintage harmony group, performing regularly around Dorset and the South-West. The last five years have seen The Decadettes grow in popularity; they now have a number of regular bookings and have enjoyed one of the busiest, sing-iest summers imaginable!

Singing through the decades, the group sing from the 1920’s right through to the 1970’s. Anything from the Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, Sandy Shaw, The Carpenters and Connie Francis. 2018 has even seen them branch out into the 21st century! Fresh from a busy summer, the group are looking forward to getting stuck into learning some new songs in preparation for next year.

Steph, Alex, Anna-Maria and Jo are honoured to be asked to perform for the 100 years commemoration beacon lighting. They hope that you all enjoy a wonderful evening of entertainment and remembrance

For further information on this event and many others supported by the Weymouth and Portland Borough Council Events Team please contact Steve Davies 07980 730053