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Stage set for Festival of Remembrance
THE Royal British Legion is gearing up for its annual Festival of Remembrance at York’s Barbican next month, with a new producer taking charge of the event.
The festival, which will take place at 7pm on Sunday, November 3, is set to raise thousands of pounds for the Legion’s Poppyv Appeal.
Organiser Ted Griffiths said Sandie Dunleavey would be the producer, taking over from Eileen Lavender who has produced it for the past two years. He said Eileen had herself taken over from Brian Coates, after he had been producer for the previous 22 years.
Mr Griffiths said the programme would include the Heavy Cavalry and Cambrai Band, the York Philharmonic Male Voice Choir and the Main Street Ladies Barber Shop Singers.
Other performers included the York Military Wives Choir and children from Sty George’s Roman Catholic Primary School and Rufforth Primary School, and there would be the traditional parade of standards.
Last year’s festival, which remembered those who fell in the two world wars and also the many casualties in subsequent conflicts, particularly recently in Afghanistan, waa attended by more than 800 people.
Mr Griffiths told the audience then that those who served 70 years ago and were still alive looked back at the terrible loss of life, and their thoughts went back to those they left behind, adding: “There is always a heavy price to pay in war.”
That event raised £8,000 for the appeal, meaning the festivals have now raised a grand total of more than £140,000 over the years.
The Poppy Appeal enables the Legion to provide financial, social and emotional support to all those who have been affected by conflict.
*Tickets for this year’s service, costing £14, £15 and £16, with concessions, can be bought from the Barbican box office between 10am and 2pm or by calling the box office 0844 8542757.
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