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Hundreds Of Local Events To Mark WW1 Centenary

'Battle's Over' will be a series of events taking place on November 11 to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

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Wreaths of poppies during Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph in 2011 (Picture: MoD).

Details have been released about how the nation will pay tribute to the centenary of the end of the First World War.

'Battle's Over', a series of hundreds of local events to mark 100 years since the Armistice, will take place on November 11.

The tribute takes its name from a tune traditionally played by the pipers of Scottish regiments at the end of a battle called 'When The Battle's Over'.

Pipers will play, beacons will be lit and church bells will ring in all corners of the UK and around the world as communities pay tribute to the First World War fallen.

More than 1,300 pipers will play the tune at 6 am on the day, from village greens and in high streets, to a lone piper in front of the Tomb Of The Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey in London.

Royal Regiment of Scotland Piper
Pipers around the world will take part (Picture: MoD).

More than 1,000 buglers will play The Last Post at individual First World War beacon sites at 6.55pm, and the beacons will be lit at 7pm to signify the light that came out of the darkness of war.

More than 140 town criers will then undertake A Cry For Peace Around The World at 7.05pm, and more than 1,000 churches will ring their bells as a finale to the day. 

The Battle's Over tribute has been organised by 67 year old Bruno Peek and has taken four years to plan.

He said: "I wanted to put together an international project that was led by the people of the world, not by governments or organisations but real community-based commemorations.

"So many soldiers that died came from local communities, small towns and parishes, not just in the UK but other countries around the world."

In Ypres in Belgium, where five battles were fought, four town criers will undertake the cry together in the market square in French, German, Dutch and English.

To see a guide of where events are happening on the day and how to get involved visit www.brunopeek.co.uk.