In commemoration of the centenary of the end of World War 1, Arts Alive is delighted to present a show from Blaize Community Arts, featuring Mike Bettison, Nigel Corbett and folk legend Lester Simpson, of Coope, Boyes and Simpson.

Standing in Line is the story of the Great War, but specifically about Albert Scrimshaw, Lester Simpson’s great uncle, who died at Passchendaele. Originally commissioned by ‘Peace Concerts Passchendaele’ it was premiered in Passchendaele Church in Belgium. The performance is centred around Lester’s songs, as well as songs from the time and poems of Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon and Rudyard Kipling, all accompanied by a series of projected images. It’s suitable for audiences 12+

Sian Kerry of Arts Alive comments: "Lester Simpson was also part of Michael Morpurgo’s ‘Private Peaceful’ tour. It’s particularly poignant to promote Standing in Line at Harley in Shropshire. This was the only one in the county to qualify as a ‘thankful village’: a post-war initiative to mark places from which no-one who joined up was killed."

Perhaps because of this very special commemoration, Standing in Line is sold out at Harley on Friday, October 12, but there’s a second chance to catch it at Kingsland Coronation Hall on Saturday, October 13 at 7.30pm. To book, call 01568 70817. Also available from Kingsland Post Office

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