A commemorative event to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War was held at St. Symphorien Military Cemetery in Belgium on 4 August 2014. Commemorating the start of a war is a very new departure in the history of British memory and remembrance of conflict, so the choice of setting for the event naturally required some serious thought and consideration.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission recommended St. Symphorien because the historical and cultural resonance of the cemetery, and, not least, the striking beauty of the site, mean that it would lend itself remarkably well to an inclusive, imaginative and meaningful commemorative event.
Star Events Group is proud to have supplied structures for the BBC to produce its coverage of the event.
We had numerous compliments on the events professional and precise delivery. This is a direct result of the combined efforts of our core group of contractors, who have proven, once again, that we can rely on them to deliver and work together with great flexibility.
On behalf of all of us at HPower, thank you and the rest of the Stars very much for all of your hard work and support
Working for HPower on behalf of the Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), Star provided a double-deck press centre, a screen support structure, a choir stage, and a host studio to the event.
Tez Sheals-Barrett, Star Events’ Project Manager, comments: “The St Symphorien Cemetery is very small and the main brief from Production Manager Harry Guthrie was to make the structures as unobtrusive as possible.
“The cemetery exudes an air of grace which affected not just the event but the whole build and removal as well. The solemnness of the occasion meant we had to use all our skills to build functional structures, get them to look right and ensure that the cemetery infrastructure, and every blade of grass, was preserved.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and David Cameron attended the ceremony, which marked 100-years since Britain joined the Great War, a conflict that cost 17 million people their lives.