A HOST of events will be held in St Bees to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Poems, presentations and tributes on the beach are all part of plans for the village's population to commemorate the anniversary.

On Remembrance Sunday, members of St Bees Triers running club will be drawing names in the sand on the beach.

They will write out the names of all the soldiers, who died in the war, and are remembered on the St Bees' war memorial.

This Act of Remembrance will take place slowly as the tide comes in, to wash out the names one by one, starting with the first casualty of the war.

Organisers hope people will come to watch and add names, from their own families, who died in the conflict.

With low tide at about 7.30am, it will be after 9am that the first names will disappear. At 11am a short reading will take place followed by a minute of silence.

Chris Robson, from the running club, said: "This simple act of remembrance at St Bees is being replicated at many different places around the UK as towns and villages by the sea use the sand in different ways to remember the fallen.

"At St Bees, as well as the names, local artists will add other art work to the sand in this different and symbolic event."

Danny Boyle, who directed Trainspotting and the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony, has organised nationwide beachside events to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

In St Bees Priory, short readings of poetry and prose are being read on the hour, every hour. This began on Monday, November 5 and will run until Saturday, November 10.

The readings take place between 10am and 6pm, except on Friday when they stop at noon.

On Tuesday night, there was a talk by Anthony Payne — '1918 - what else happened' — in the priory church, organised by Friends of the Priory.

The priory church is also hosting 'All the King's Horses', a play for voices, by Gus Kennedy on Friday, beginning at 7.30pm.

An exhibition, in the priory, is telling the stories of those killed in the war, with 30 from the parish and 184 from St Bees School.

Those named in the exhibition will each have a named cross beside the path to the priory's entrance.

A remembrance service will be held in the priory at 10.45am, following wreath laying at the war memorials at 10.15am.

The Methodist Chapel will hold a service at 11am while there will be entertainment and tea in the priory from 3pm. At 6pm, there will be a short service in bell tower.

On Wednesday, November 14, Charm Robson is holding an illustrated talk on the art of the First World War, titled 'What passing bells for these who die as cattle'. It will start at 8pm in St Bees School's management centre lecture theatre.