Axe Valley to remember the WW1 fallen

PUBLISHED: 15:01 12 June 2018 | UPDATED: 09:27 20 June 2018

'Silent Soldiers' are being put up to commemorate the First World War

'Silent Soldiers' are being put up to commemorate the First World War

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Special festival of remembrance will take place at Colyford Memorial Hall

Organisations from across the Axe Valley will come together for a special festival of remembrance this winter.

The event at Colyford Memorial Hall will commemorate 100 years since the ending of the First World War.

It will take place on November 10 and feature players from a number of Axe Valley drama groups along with the Axe Valley Community Choir, under the musical direction of Edward Jacobs.

The festival, which is supported by the Royal British Legion, is entitled ‘Axe Valley Remembers’.

A focal point for the evening will be memories of local events and people during the war years. The Choir will perform a number of songs of the era, including two medleys of First War favourites.

Actors will present several sketches to bring the war to life, showing the humorous as well as the tragic aspects of the conflict.

Readings will recall life at the time including, for example, the anguish of an Axmouth girl whose farrier fiancé was kicked to death by a horse near the front line.

The war knew no rank and the festival will remember the suffering of the landowning Peek family alongside many of their local workers.

Life at home will be recalled by music hall acts of the time.

It will remember Ypres and the Somme; the founding of the RAF and the essential work of VAD Red Cross nurses.

During the evening a raffle of relevant prizes will be held on behalf of the Royal British Legion. One prize, in remembrance of the Christmas Day truce of 1914, is a full set of primary-age football kit, donated by the Premiership Football League. Another is tea in the Pugin Room in parliament, where Sir Edward Grey announced the declaration of war, donated by local MP, Neil Parrish.

Tickets will be advertised and available in September. In the meantime anyone who would like further information should contact the show’s director, Roy Jones at royjones@waitrose.com .

• Nearly 100 years ago, at 11am on November 11, 1918, the carnage of the First World War came to an end, although a peace treaty took a further seven months to negotiate.

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