The harbour authority at Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) has requested that ships alongside Poole Harbour come together on Saturday June 28 to commemorate the First World War.

Vessels have been requested to voluntarily sound their whistles for 10 seconds and lower their ensigns to half-mast at 18:00 BST, being the hour of the first shot fired in the conflict to commemorate the Centenary.

PHC is also encouraging other leisure vessels, yacht clubs and marinas alongside within the harbour to take part in the initiative and use a remembrance sound signal.

Poole Harbour Commissioners’ Harbour Master, Brian Murphy, commented: “This is a hugely commemorative event that is worthy of support and we are sure many will be keen to participate. These symbolic actions serve to call for peace and reconciliation as well as remember the victims that perished in the war.”