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Swansea remembers

Our city is commemorating the centenary of the end of World War I with a series of events and activities this week

The guns on the Western Front ceased firing at 11am on November 11, 1918, and schools, communities and local people are participating in events across the city in the countdown to Remembrance Sunday.

Apart from formal events at the Cenotaph on the Swansea seafront and a Service of Remembrance at St Mary's Church there will also be a special event on the beach at Swansea Bay organised as part of the Danny Boyle's Armistice commission Pages of the Sea, a commemorative event at 32 beaches across the UK.

Artists will be drawing a portrait in the sand of 19-year-old 'munitionette' Dorothy Watson, who lost her life along with three colleagues in a munitions factory explosion in Pembrey in 1917.

Silence in the Square will be taking place in Castle Square on Sunday from 10.30am to noon where this year there will be performances from Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr, Kirsten Orsborn and award-winning performance arts school Dancerama.

  • Swansea's Central Library will also be open on Sunday for a number of events supporting the Pages of the Sea event as well as children's poppy-making craft session and World War I displays and advice on family history research activities.
  • The Lord Mayor, Cllr David Phillips and Lady Mayoress, Cllr Sybil Crouch, will also attend a remembrance assembly at Gowerton Comprehensive School on Friday November 9, a Royal British Legion festival of remembrance at the Brangwyn Hall on Saturday November 10, as well as the Royal British Legion remembrance service at service at St Mary's Church in the city centre on Sunday November 12 at 2.30pm.
  • There will also be a wreath-laying event at the city's seafront cenotaph at 11am on Sunday morning.
  • The West Glamorgan Archive Service will be unveiling an online exhibition from 11am on Sunday at www.
  • St Thomas Library will be hosting a Centenary community display commemorating the 69 men from the Kilvey area who died during World War I and are listed on the Kilvey All Saints Memorial. 
  • Pontarddulais Library and Morriston Library will have Local History Displays and book displays for Remembrance.

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