New beacon used in Armistice remembrance

November 28 2018

A new beacon commissioned by Yate Town Council has been lit for the first time as part of the Armistice 100 Commemorations.

The beacon, in Tylers Field, was funded by a Yate Town Council Member Awarded Funding from South Gloucestershire Councillor Mike Drew. 

Around 300 people from the local community gathered on remembrance Sunday to walk to Tylers Field through a pathway lit by glow sticks held by local scouts and guides. 

Reverend Hywell Snook of Yate Parishes led the short ceremony, reading out the names of local men who died in the First World War.  Corporal Connor Crane sounded the last post before the Beacon was lit at 7.00pm by Councillor John Ford, the Mayor of Yate.

The beacon was one of well over 1,000 lit across the country. The beacon lit at Shireway in Dodington Parish could be made out in the distance from the summit point at Tylers Field and the church bells of St Mary’s could be heard at the very same moment.  

Councillor John Ford said, “Lighting the beacon was a very fitting tribute, bringing the local community together to commemorate Armistice 100 and to remember those that died.”