SWANAGE residents will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War with a host of special events.

At 6am on Remembrance Sunday the Ringwood Pipe Band will play the poignant tune, Battle's O'er - a traditional air played by pipers after a battle - at Swanage War Memorial.

This is all part of the wider Battle's Over initiative, a series of events in the morning and evening of November 11.

A spokesman for the programme, which will include the sound of 1,000 bagpipes playing in unison across the county and at scores of overseas locations, said: "The sound of bagpipes will fill the air before dawn has broken on 11th November.

"A lone piper will also play in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey, London."

During the evening, at 7pm, more than 1,000 Beacons of Light will be lit throughout the the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories.

Swanage's Beacon will be lit up on Ballard Down for the whole town to see.

Residents have also been asked to pay tribute to those who died in The Great War by tying a red ribbon to a large poppy at the town’s pier.

This ‘Poppy on the Pier’ installation, which will be lit up at night, has been organised by Swanage Pier Trust (SPT).