A BEACON is to be lit on Sunday evening as part of the commemorations for the centenary since the end of the First World War.

Lanchester Parish Council and Burnhope Parish Council are working together to light a memorial flame as part of the national Beacons of Light events.

Sally Laverick, from Lanchester Parish Council, said: “In commemoration and remembrance of the end of the war and the many millions who were killed or came home dreadfully wounded, 1,000 Beacons of Light will be lit at 7pm on November 11 throughout the United Kingdom, a century after the guns fell silent.

“The event will also commemorate the huge army of men and women on the home front who, often in dangerous and exhausting conditions, underpinned the war effort, keeping the wheels of industry turning, bringing the harvest home and ensuring the nation did not starve.”

The event at Burnhope Picnic Area, on Edge Lane, starts at 6.45pm on Sunday with the lighting at 7pm.