Ripon’s Remembrance Light Show

Projected every evening during Remembrancetide onto the West End of Ripon Cathedral, this twenty-minute light show remembers those, male and female, whose lives were taken from them during WWI.  It’s  dreadful to watch the long, long, long list of names of the fallen, scrolling inexorably upwards.  How could so many young men from this small city have died in those four years of war? We are shown photos from the war years, and the faces of some of those who have died.  John McCrae’s celebrated poem ‘We are the dead‘, illustrated with ranks of graves, and scenes from the ravaged countryside of Flanders completes the spectacle. A tumbling tower of images of blood-red poppies begins and ends this thought-provoking and humbling show.

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Author: margaret21

I'm retired and living in North Yorkshire, where I walk as often as I can, write, volunteer, and travel as often as I can.

13 thoughts on “Ripon’s Remembrance Light Show”

  1. It’s awful to see, yet so important and an impressive way of making the loss real. As we get further and further away from these wars, I fear we lose the horror of them and need to be shaken up again.


  2. I think the folk of Ripon have made a poignant tribute and managed to convey the shocking number of wasted lives. If only humans could learn from these terrible traumas.

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    1. I know: it was supposed to be the ‘war that ends all wars’, but how long did that last? And now we plan to leave the grouping that connects us intimately to much of the rest of Europe??

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