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Danny Boyle calls for public help to mark Armistice Day on Britain’s beaches

Filmmaker Danny Boyle has invited millions to Britain’s seaside to commemorate heroes of the First World War on the 100th anniversary of armistice day.

Faces of some of the people whose lives were lost or changed forever by the war will be etched onto beaches on the centenary of Armistice Day.

The public is invited to assemble at one of a number of beaches at low-tide on November 11, for the event called Pages Of The Sea.

A large-scale portrait of a casualty from the First World War designed by sand artists will be washed away as the tide comes in. The public can also join in by "creating silhouettes of people in the sand, remembering the millions of lives lost or changed forever by the conflict".

Boyle said that as a "small nation, surrounded by beaches," the locations for the tributes were a "great stage". Beaches are "unruly, democratic places", he said, where "nobody rules other than the tide".

Pages Of The Sea is described as an "informal, nationwide gesture of remembrance for the men and women who left their home shores during the First World War".

Poet Carol Ann Duffy has been invited to write a new poem, which will be read by individuals, families and communities as they gather on the beaches.

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