Worcestershire Festival of Remembrance: Gheluvelt Park

14 September 2018 | Bethany Reynard

A county-wide service to commemorate 100 years since the end of World War One is being held in Worcester, hosted by the Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire the Festival of Remembrance takes place on Saturday 15 September in Gheluvelt Park.

At the Festival of Remembrance, a Drumhead service will take place. Based on military tradition, a Drumhead service is a religious service conducted in the field during conflict and in peacetime, with neatly-piled drums draped with flags creating a makeshift altar.

The Lord-Lieutenant of Worcestershire, Lt Col Patrick Holcroft, said: “The Drumhead service will be a poignant act of remembrance for those men and women of Worcestershire who died fighting for their country. I very much hope that residents of Worcestershire will join us for this service.”

The event is part of the Heritage Lottery Funded Worcestershire World War One Hundred programme. The final part of the ceremony will be to create a spectacle of ceramic poppies, purchased by people across the county after the Tower of London art installation in 2014, Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper and brought to Ghleuvelt Park for this day.

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper at the Tower of London in 2014 marked the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. The installation contained 888,246 poppies, one for every British or Colonial life lost at the Front during the war. The work was one of the most powerful memorials of the centenary and was visited by over 5 million people. The original poppies were sold raising millions of pounds, shared equally amongst six service charities.

Adrian Gregson, Worcestershire World War One Hundred Project Manager said: “Like many people I was incredibly moved by the art installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London in 2014 and purchased my own poppy. We know that over 500 were bought by the people of Worcestershire and the Festival of Remembrance is an opportunity to join together and make your poppy part of a temporary area of Remembrance here at Gheluvelt Park.”

The service will be led by Rt Revd Graham Usher the Bishop of Dudley with participation by other faith groups. The service will start with a procession by all the Chairmen and Mayors of the Districts and Towns. Local Armed Forces, British Legion groups, Cadets, Scouts, Guides, Police, will all be participating.

The service is open to all to attend. Visitors are requested to be present by 12 noon and the service will start at 12.30pm on Saturday, September 15.

Find out more about the Drumhead Service on http://www.ww1worcestershire.co.uk/

Find out more about the art installation as well as the subsequent touring exhibition here: