They Will Remember Them...

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POPPIES falling from above, like poignant memories, will end a concert in Newent to mark the centenary anniversary of outbreak of World War One.

Plans are underway to make the Armed Forces Weekend something to truly remember at the Gloucestershire town, and a highlight will be the concert in Newent Community School on Saturday, June 28, from 7pm to 10pm.

Event spokesperson, Colin Thomas said: "Newent branch of the Royal British Legion will be commemorating the start of the First World War with a concert called 'A Time to Remember'.

"At present it is intended to finish the evening with a 'Last Night at the Proms' style sing-a-long and poppies dropping on the audience."

Mr Thomas added: "The concert will feature songs and music from those war years together with poems, tales and real diary extracts from the trenches.

"The Royal British Legion feels it is very important to include the younger generation in this commemoration and therefore the concert will be centred around them.

"Throughout the evening children from the Sea Cadets, ATC, Scouts and local schools will be reading out poems and war diary extracts and stories from the trenches and about events such as the sinking of the Lusitania and 1916 enlistment."

Mr Thomas said: "The readings will be interspersed between music and singing from artists such as Newent Orchestra, Newent Scottish Singers, Newent Hand Bell Ringers and even some members of the Royal British Legion."

A special church service is also being planned, for Sunday June 29, with final details still to be confirmed.

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