A hugely successful day of events in Ilfracombe yesterday (Saturday) to mark the centenary of World War One was capped with a stunning video and sound show projected on to the Landmark Theatre towers.
The day began with a recreation of the 1918 ‘Peace’ living letters photograph, formed by people on Capstone Hill, with a huge turn out.
There were exhibitions at the museum, stalls and activities through the day before the film finale in the evening.
This was created by Chris Horrell and his team and treated the huge crowd watching despite the rain to an amazing video journey of Ilfracombe’s experience during World War One.
Beginning with scenes from the town in its tourist heyday and going on to the outbreak of war, the production saw local men marching off to war, the horrors of the trenches and finally peace at a huge cost.
Preceding the display was a tribute to the late Sue Garwood, whose brainchild the day of events had been.
There was also a soldier on horseback and a tribute to the millions of animals that died during the war.
Ilfracombe mayor Val Gates said it had been a once in a lifetime event and a fitting tribute to those from the town who lost their lives.
She said: “The town really comes together when something like this is on. The amount of people at the living letters event was huge.
“The evening was unbelievable, it was unique and Ilfracombe has never seen anything like that before.
“The tribute to Sue Garwood was very fitting, because this was Sue’s brainchild and after she passed away there was a fierce determination we would somehow continue with it.
“Lots of thanks go to a lot of people, Chris Horrell, Events4Ilfracombe, they know who they are and this town is very grateful to them for putting their time into this.”