Danny Boyle to mark 100th Armistice Day on Folkestone beach

PUBLISHED: 16:21 22 October 2018 | UPDATED: 16:21 22 October 2018

Filmmaker Danny Boyle at Folkestone’s Sunny Sands (photo: Tabatha Fireman/Getty Images for 14-18 NOW)

Filmmaker Danny Boyle at Folkestone’s Sunny Sands (photo: Tabatha Fireman/Getty Images for 14-18 NOW)

2018 Getty Images

The film director is inviting people around the UK to mark Armistice Day at the beach

The Creative Foundation in Folkestone will be part of Pages of the Sea, Danny Boyle’s commission for 14-18 NOW to mark the centenary of Armistice Day.

On 11 November 2018 the public is invited to gather on beaches across the UK for a nationwide gesture of remembrance for the men and women who left their home shores during the First World War.

The Creative Foundation will lead events at Folkestone’s Sunny Sands on Sunday 11 November. Each event centres around the drawing of a large-scale portrait of a casualty from the First World War, designed by sand artists Sand In Your Eye, which will be washed away as the tide comes in.

The public will be asked to make silhouettes of people in the sand, in remembrance of the millions of lives lost or changed forever by the conflict. Poet Carol Ann Duffy has also written a new poem, which will be read by individuals, families and communities as they gather on beaches. Find your nearest beach at: www.pagesofthesea.org.uk.

Danny Boyle, whose Opening Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games wowed critics and audiences worldwide, said: “Beaches are truly public spaces, where nobody rules other than the tide. They seem the perfect place to gather and say a final goodbye and thank you to those whose lives were taken or forever changed by the First World War. I’m inviting people to watch as the faces of the fallen are etched in the sand, and for communities to come together to remember the sacrifices that were made.”

The public is also invited to explore an online gallery of portraits of some of the men and women who served in the First World War, and choose one to say a personal goodbye to either via social media or as they gather in person on 11 November.

The images are drawn from the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War which aims to tell eight million stories of those who served from Britain and the Commonwealth. Website visitors can add portraits of members of their family or community who contributed to the War.

Alastair Upton, CEO of the Creative Foundation, said: “Folkestone played a crucial role in the First World War as a communications hub for the Western Front.

“The town was transformed by the arrival of contingents from across the British Empire and beyond, witnessed an influx of Belgian refugees, hosted a huge Canadian encampment, was home to Chinese labourers and the site of an allied intelligence centre. Dany’s invitation pays homage to this rich history and contribution to the war effort in a most subtle, poetic way.”

More from People

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Jools Holland, OBE, on his music, being a Deputy Lieutenant of Kent and why he loves Rochester

Read more

We’re all familiar with blue plaques, but could Kent Life come up with 10 notable births in our county – avoiding the most obvious ones? See if you agree

Read more
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

It’s the perfect time to get out in the garden and get some motivation. Here is a roundup of all the fun and relaxing activities you can do in your garden.

Read more
ThereWithYou
Thursday, March 26, 2020

It’s not all about crossing your legs and humming, you can meditate anywhere and at anytime – even when putting the kettle on.

Read more
ThereWithYou
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

We may be stuck indoors and the clubs and gyms may be shut for now, but we can all still stay active and healthy.

Read more
ThereWithYou
Monday, March 23, 2020

Bethany School in Kent shares its Philosophy of Learning

Read more
Monday, March 23, 2020

Social distancing doesn’t mean you can’t get your much needed Arts fix. You can now enjoy the magic of theatre from the small screen!

Read more
ThereWithYou
Monday, March 23, 2020

From mindfulness and relaxing music, to digital detoxes and body positivity, there is a wealth of great things to immerse yourself in and listen to while working in isolation.

Read more
ThereWithYou
Monday, March 23, 2020

Although he travels the world in pursuit of historic places, Dan Snow is convinced nobody need venture further than Kent to be able to look into the entire history of Britain

Read more
Friday, March 20, 2020

Take a step back in time to the good old days with these vintage videos from around Kent

Read more
Kent Life Food & Drink awards. Open for entries.

Subscribe or buy a mag today


subscription ad


Follow us on Twitter


Like us on Facebook


Local Business Directory

Search For a Car In Your Area

Property Search

Most Read

Latest from the Kent Life