Pages of the Sea by Danny Boyle

Aerial shot of a beach featuring sand art of a soldier

11 November 2018 marks 100 years since Armistice and the end of the First World War. To mark the occasion Formby will be taking part in a unique public commemorative event.

Sunday 11 November 2018, 9am to 12noon

Visitors are encouraged to use public transport and are welcome to drop in at any time during the morning.

Millions of people served in the First World War and many left by sea. The National Trust will be leading events at Formby Beach and others across England Wales and Northern Ireland on Sunday 11 November. Each event centres around the drawing of a large-scale portrait of a casualty from the First World War, designed by sand artists Sand In Your Eye, which will be washed away as the tide comes in. In addition, the public will be asked to join in by creating silhouettes of people in the sand, remembering the millions of lives lost or changed forever by the conflict. 

Poet Carol Ann Duffy has been invited by Boyle to write a new poem, which will be read by individuals, families and communities as they gather on beaches on 11 November. Copies of the poem will be available at the beaches around the UK for those who wish to come together or to offer their own personal contribution. 

Pages Of The Sea will take place on Formby Beach on Sunday 11 November 2018. Members of the public are encouraged to use public transport to travel to and from Formby on the day to avoid traffic queues and delays to their visit. The event will be focused around the Board Walk Path at Lifeboat Road. This is a 20 minute walk from Formby Station via Kirklake Road or from Victoria Road car park via the Sefton Coastal Path. Lifeboat Road car park has the best access to the event, via the boardwalk and is most suitable for those with access needs, buggies or wheelchairs.