Private Walter Bleakley, who was from the same street where Mr Boyle went to school (Picture: PA).

Danny Boyle Reveals List Of Beaches For Armistice Day Artwork

Private Walter Bleakley, who was from the same street where Mr Boyle went to school (Picture: PA).

Filmmaker Danny Boyle holds a photograph of Private Walter Bleakley (Picture: PA).

Celebrated film director, Danny Boyle, has released the full list of beaches where communities will gather to etch into the sand the faces of those who perished during the First World War.   

Dubbed the 'Pages of the Sea’; the event will form part of Boyle's 14-18 NOW programme events and will take place on Remembrance Day.

The vast majority of British troops who fought in the conflict, left by sea and it is hoped that the gesture will be a poignant way to remember both the lives lost and the importance of the sea in the story of the Great War.

Boyle said beaches are the perfect location for a remembrance event because they are "unruling, democratic places", where "nobody rules other than the tide".

The former Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy has composed a new poem for the occasion and this will be read on the beaches, followed by other individual contributions from the public.

The full list of beaches is as follows:


•          Blackpool, Lancashire

•          Brancaster, Norfolk

•          Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

•          East Looe, Cornwall

•          Formby, Merseyside

•          Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk

•          Lyme Regis, Dorset

•          Perranporth, Cornwall

•          Porthcurno, Cornwall

•          Porthmeor, Cornwall

•          Redcar, North Yorkshire

•          Roker, Sunderland

•          Saunton Sands, Devon

•          Seahouses, Northumberland

•          Sunny Sands, Folkestone, Kent

•          Sutton-on-Sea, Lincolnshire

•          Weston-super-Mare, Somerset

•          Weymouth, Dorset

Northern Ireland

•          Downhill, Derry/Londonderry

•          Murlough, County Down

•          Portstewart Strand, Derry/Londonderry

Republic of Ireland

•          Dunree Beach, Donegal


•          Ayr, Ayrshire

•          Burghead Bay, Moray

•          Cula Bay, Benbecula Island, Outer Hebrides

•          Scapa Beach, Orkney

•          St Ninian’s Beach, Shetland

•          West Sands, Fife


•          Broad Haven, Pembrokeshire

•          Colwyn Bay, Conwy

•          Swansea

•          Ynyslas, Ceredigion

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