At 6.45pm last night, the Town Mayor and guests assembled in the church yard of St Michael & St Wulfad’s Church, Stone, to commemorate the end of World War One.
The Town Mayor pressed the button to light the beacon at the top of the Church tower.
This is one of a thousand beacons that lit throughout the United Kingdom with the commemoration inspired by a comment made on the 3 August 1914 by Britain’s Foreign Minister, Sir Edward Grey.
He was looking out of his office window at dusk as gas lights were being lit along London’s Mall when he remarked to a friend ‘the lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime’. The Country was about to be plunged into darkness of the First World War and it would not be four long years before Britain and Europe would again experience the Light of Peace.
In remembrance of the end of the War millions who were killed or came home dreadfully wounded, beacons of light were lit here in Stone and throughout the country.
Photos by our photographer Paul Milgate-Scarrott.