Ilfracombe is pulling out all the stops to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One with a unique ‘show-stopping’ display projected onto the Landmark Theatre towers.
The video and sound display will be the culmination of a one-off day of major events in the town presented by Events 4 Ilfracombe and entitled World War One Celebrate and Commemorate.
It is all happening over the afternoon and evening of Saturday, November 10, starting with a ‘living letters’ photograph on Capstone Hill at 12.30pm where people will form the word ‘Peace’ to mark the commemorative picture taken in 1918 at the end of the war.
There will be a variety of activities around the Landmark during the afternoon, including crafts at 1pm, entertainment at 4pm from Small Pond Productions, La La Voices and others. From 12 to 5pm there will be exhibitions and stalls in the Landmark foyer showing Ilfracombe 1918 to today.
Then at 7pm a spectacular sound and visual presentation called Ilfracombe Remembers 1914 -1918 by CJH Associates will be projected directly onto the Landmark cones.
It will be a ‘once-in-a-life-time visual experience’ according to organisers, telling a local story of Ilfracombe’s involvement in the war; the ladies of the town waving the men off, the hardships that everyone left behind had to endure, the jubilation when the war finally ended.
It will pay a tribute to the brave volunteers that came back and we also pay a very moving finale to the men that didn’t come back.
Chris Horrell of CJH Associates, himself a descendent of Ilfracombe WW1 veterans, said: “The technology we have used in putting this production together is world class, using the latest projection mapping and ‘after effects’ only usually seen in action movies.
“The Landmark building itself has been a major challenge because of the conical shape. For us to wrap a full size moving image halfway around that building will prove to be a complete show-stopper and our town, for one night, will be proud of the fact that we put on a moving tribute to rival any tribute of this kind anywhere in the world! In doing so I hope we have done Ilfracombe proud.”
The Ilfracombe Museum Faces of War exhibition will also be running through the weekend.
Marnie Quy of Events 4 Ilfracombe added: “This event was the brainchild of Sue Garwood of Ilfracombe Museum and Holy Trinity Graveyard Group and she asked Events 4 Ilfracombe to help.
“Sue sadly passed away earlier this year but we are determined that the event will go ahead as planned in Sue’s memory and in memory of the brave people of Ilfracombe, those who went to war and those who were left behind.”
The event is free and supported by grants from Ilfracombe Rotary, Ilfracombe Lions, North Devon Council, Devon County Council and a major grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.