Pages of the Sea - Porthcurno

Porthcurno     War in Cornwall

Armistice Day 2018, the centenary of the signing of the armistice in 1918, between the Allies and Germany.

Danny Boyle's, 'Pages of the Sea' unfolded at Porthcurno, one of four beaches in Cornwall, where the portrait of an individual from the First World War was sculpted in the sand to remain for a few short hours before being swept away by the sea.

At Porthcurno Beach, the face of Lieutenant Richard Charles Graves-Sawle of the Coldstream Guards, aged only 26 when he died, emerged after hours of work by sand artists.

Symbolizing the transient nature of existence and echoing the words of the fourth stanza of Laurence Binyon's famous poem, ‘For the Fallen’, a community, families, friends and passersby gathered to say goodbye and thank you, to those millions of men and women who left their home shores for war, with many of them never returning.

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”

("For the Fallen" was written by Binyon while sitting on the cliiffs between The Rumps and Pentire Point on Cornwall's north coast. First published by the Times newspaper in September of 1914, at the beginning of the First World War, it is widely quoted today at Remembrance Services.)


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