We’ve been in St Ives today for the Pages of the Sea event initiated by Danny Boyle to commemorate 100 years since the Armistice was signed and WW1 came to an end. It was one of thirty such events on beaches around Britain today. My choir was singing. Several of us wore white poppies which symbolise two important things. The white poppy is to remember ALL the dead, those of all nationalities caught up in the horror of war as soldiers or civilians and to show our commitment to working for Peace.
St Ives when we arrived
Flowers left at low tide to be taken as the tide came in
The sand art at Porthmeor, courtesy of WildWorks. Captain Edward ‘Teddy’ Hain (15 August 1887 – 11 November 1915)
Waiting for the tide to wash away the image of the soldier
Being washed away by the incoming tide
One of the soldiers being remembered today and, on the back, a beautiful and very moving poem written for today by Carol Ann Duffy
St Ives as we were leaving
Other beaches in Cornwall had sand drawings of soldiers too.
Lieutenant Richard Charles Graves-Sawle. On Porthcurno Beach
On Perranporth Beach. Photo by Naomi Smith