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Pages of the Sea WW1 sand portraits

A portrait drawn in the sand of British Army Staff Nurse Rachael Ferguson (1886-26 June 1918) on Downhill beach, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Pages of the Sea: Danny Boyle's WW1 art project sees 'sand portraits' of fallen soldiers

Chris Parsons
News Editor

Remembrance Sunday saw tributes nationwide as Britain – and the world – fell silent to mark the centenary of the end of World War One.

One of the most powerful commemorative events took place on Britain’s beaches, where a project curated by filmmaker Danny Boyle saw the faces of fallen soldiers’ drawn into the sand.

The project, for the centenary of Armistice Day, was inspired as an informal, nationwide gesture of remembrance.

On beaches from Cornwall to the Shetland Isles, and Pembrokeshire to Donegal, portraits of the fallen were sculpted in the sand, to say thank you for their sacrifice before a collective goodbye as the sea comes in and washes away their images forever.

In total, 32 beaches around the UK took part in the ambitious nationwide project.

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Beaches in Folkestone, Blackpool, and Coleraine, Northern Ireland were also among those involved, with volunteers creating the images of soldiers who had connections to the area.

In Scotland, a magnificent sand portrait of Britain’s first ever black army officer to command white troops appeared on Ayr Beach. Ayrshire.

The haunting drawing of Second Lieutenant Walter Tull was spread across the Scottish sands before being washed away by the tide, along with the others nationwide.

A portrait of war poet Wilfred Owen was sculpted in the sand during the ‘Pages of the Sea’ commemorative event at Folkestone.