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NATION ENCOURAGED TO RING BELLS AT 12.30PM ON 11 NOVEMBER 2018

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport is looking for bells of any sort and in any location to join in with a bell ringing across the country and worldwide at 12.30pm on 11th November to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice which signaled the end of the First World War.

This will be a symbolic way to give thanks for the end of war 100 years ago and will replicate the national outpouring of relief that took place at the end of the war as news of the Armistice filtered through and bells which had long been silent rang out.

Bells ringing out at 12.30 will help mark the shift in emphasis from Remembrance in the morning to thanksgiving in the afternoon for the end of war and for peace. This will coincide with the start of the People’s Procession, as 10,000 members of the public march past the Cenotaph in a nation’s thank you.

If you have plans to mark this historic occasion, you are also encouraged to add it to the webmap here.