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unique beach tribute to the fallen of WW1; danny boyle's pages of the sea was a perfect way to honour the centenary of the armistice.

Britain's beaches have always held a significance in the stories of millions of people who served in the First World War.

Many friends and comrades left by sea, with the coastline their final sight of home, unaware of the ultimate sacrifice they were making.

So it was fitting that beaches should become the backdrop for a beautiful poetic act of remembrance to celebrate the centenary of the end of the First World War and all those who gave their lives.

Thousands gathered on beaches on Sunday, from the Outer Hebrides to the tip of Cornwall, for Pages of the Sea, a nationwide commemoration commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK's arts programme for the First World War centenary, to mark 100 years since the end of WW1 and the Armistice signed at 11am on November 11, 1918.

director Boyle created Pages of The community-led event was a centenary art commission made possible by National Lottery funding, and created by Oscar-winning film director Danny Boyle, the man behind the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games.

With Boyle at the helm, Pages of the Sea saw huge 30-metre portraits of casualties from the First World War etched in the sand on beaches across the UK. As the tide rose, the faces of the fallen were washed away as those gathered took time to reflect and remember the millions of lives lost or changed forever by the conflict.

Danny Boyle declared Pages of the Sea to be a 'unique moment' to say goodbye together to the men and women who left their shores during the war, many to never return.

As beaches are truly public spaces, they seemed the perfect place to say thank you to those whose lives were taken or affected by the First World War, and to remember the sacrifices made. Sand artists Sand In Your Eye were commissioned to design the enormous sand portraits, and to produce stencils for members of the public to create their own.

Danny the the Sea As well as the many portraits, Pages of the Sea featured music by schoolchildren, community choirs and organisations like the Sea Scouts, and workshops paying tribute to the fallen.

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy was invited by Danny Boyle to write a special sonnet, The Wound in Time, which was also read out by people, families and communities.

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Date:Nov 13, 2018
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