Town will host tribute to last post for WW1

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A south east Northumberland town will play host to a Last Post tribute later this month as part of a UK wide commemoration of the First World War.

Bedlington Singers, Bedlington Ukulele Group and St Cuthbert’s Church Band are taking part in the First World War centenary project The Last Post on November 23.

They will be joining hundreds of groups around the UK in a musical tribute that will remember local history and see the Last Post played on a variety of different instruments.

The Bedlington service will be one of more than 200 commemorative events being held across the UK.

Choir director, Graham Coatman, said: “Of course, singing was at the heart of every community in the early 20th century, and a very powerful unifying and morale boosting force during the years of the First World War.

“20,000 Voices seeks to maintain singing in this way, and Bedlington Singers is a shining example of this in practice.

“About 25 singers come along to weekly rehearsals, and there is great camaraderie in the group – and great singing, too.”

The Bedlington Ukulele Group, led by Diane Robson, is another group to come out of the reinvigorated Bedlington Community Centre.

The opportunity to join St Cuthbert’s Church Band is a great way to share, re-capture and promote the community spirit that has been central to the national heritage.

Virginia Crompton, executive producer of The Last Post project, said: “The Last Post is a creative project enabling people all over the UK to explore local World War One heritage and reflect on new interpretations of this piece of music that has become indelibly linked to remembrance.”

The service will be held at St Cuthbert’s Church in Bedlington, at 4pm on Sunday, November 23.

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