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2016 Festival Theme - Battle of Jutland
Monday, 15 August 2016 17:13

Festival Glass Theme 2016

As anyone who has been to the festival before, you will know that each year the festival glass includes a different theme.

Festival Theme 2001

The very first festival in 2001, was to celebrate the 400 year anniversary of Bo'ness being designated a port in 1601.

It was also hoped it would be the starting point to getting Bo'ness Harbour re-opened.

Although there were plans to redevelop the harbour and surrounding area, unfortunately, due to the scale of the recession of 2007/2008, the project was shelved and the harbour never did re-open.

The festival was expected to be a one-off but luckily someone suggested giving it another go the following year and the rest, as they say, is history!

That set the stage and each year since there has been something to celebrate or commemorate about Bo'ness as the festival theme.

Last year it was to celebrate the opening of the John Muir Way, as it passes through Bo'ness, but this year it is a commemoration.

Few will have failed to notice that 2016 is the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of Jutland. It was a turning point in the First World War but many sailors lost their lives on both sides.

The Battle of Jutland

Glass Theme for 2016 Festival

The Battle of Jutland during the First World War was perhaps the greatest surface naval battle in history, in terms of the tonnage of the ships engaged.

It was also the high point for the ’dreadnought’ battleship.

Since 1906, certain nations around the world had measured their strength and importance by the number of these huge armoured warships that they owned.

Dreadnoughts were the nuclear weapons of their day, and the British and German fleets that fought at Jutland were the biggest in the world.

Over 36 hours, one brutal day and night in 1916, around 100,000 British and German sailors in 250 warships fought for control of the North Sea.

By the end, 25 ships had been sunk and more than 8,500 men had lost their lives.

But Jutland was almost immediately overshadowed by the subsequent land battles, notably the Somme a month later. After the war, it became marginalised and misunderstood.

Many of the dead from Jutland were never found, either buried at sea or found so much later that their identities could not be established.

A group of local people are seeking to uncover the names of all the sailors from Bo'ness to recognise and commemorate the sacrifice they made.

This year's glass theme supports them and remembers the sailors from Bo'ness who gave their lives at the Battle of Jutland.


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