Thank you for coming to Danny Boyle and 14-18 Now’s ‘Pages of the Sea’

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Thank you for taking part in Pages of the Sea – a nationwide gesture of remembrance created by Danny Boyle and 14-18 NOW.

On 11 November, thousands of people gathered on Folkestone’s Sunny Sands to commemorate the men and women who left these shores during the First World War. Pages of the Sea invited people to gather on thirty- two beaches around the UK and marks the culmination of 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary.

The Creative Foundation were honoured to act as deliver partner on this project for Folkestone, creating a large-scale portrait of Wilfred Owen, designed by sand artists Sand In Your Eye, on Sunny Sands beach. As the tide came in, this image represented a poignant and emotive way of expressing our thanks and farewells, to the millions who gave their lives to the war.

In addition, the public were asked to join in by creating silhouettes of people in the sand; poet Carol Ann Duffy’s The Wound in Time, was read by individuals, families and recited by the Shepway Voices and Military Wives Choirs; and the 2012 Olympic ceremony drummers, Pandemonium Drummers, performed Symphony of Waves, a moving new piece written especially for Pages of the Sea.

A stunning short film featuring footage of all 32 participating beaches across the UK and Ireland can be viewed here.

If you would like to share your Pages of the Sea experience and feedback, then please click here to take a short 14-18 Now survey.

For more information and to find out more about Pages of the Sea click here.

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