Lighting a Beacon at Kedleston Hall

People around a lit beacon at dusk

As we marked 100 years since the end of the First World War on 11 November 2018, the winners of the recent poetry competition were announced by Derbyshire writer Cathy Grindrod.

On 11 November 2018, a beacon was lit at Kedleston Hall, one of 1,000 beacons across the country, to commemorate the end of the First World War exactly one hundred years ago, and to remember all those who fought and suffered.

Partnered with the Royal British Legion and the award-winning Derbyshire writer Cathy Grindrod, an evening of reflection and tribute included the reading of the shortlisted poems of the poetry competition, and announcement of the winning poems.

Winning entries:

Beacon of Light by Albert Newton - under 7

The Day the War Froze by Molly Busfield - 8 to 12

Missing in Action by Olivia Chapple - 13 to 17

Turning to the Light by Alison Riley - 18 and over 

Read the shortlisted poems (PDF / 0MB) download .