Grantham concert will rally town in remembrance

Stuart Oden-Walder and Nick Pennock of the living history group, as Lincolnshire Yeomanry, at the Grantham Remembers exhibition.
Stuart Oden-Walder and Nick Pennock of the living history group, as Lincolnshire Yeomanry, at the Grantham Remembers exhibition.
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A commemorative concert will take place tomorrow (Saturday) to top off what has been a successful Grantham Remembers exhibition in the George Centre.

At 7.30pm there will be the Grantham Remembers WW1 Commemorative Concert with the St John’s Choir and Belvoir Wassailers at St John’s Church, Station Road East.

Additional seating has been provided after all the free tickets were taken up, so people can reserve a space through project team leader Charmaine Morgan (Tel: 01476 574748) or go along on the night. Everyone is welcome to join a special night of music hall, trench songs and reflection. Representatives from all local armed services will be taking part - Navy, Army and Air Force along with Councillor Jeff Thompson. Sir Lyonel and Lady Tollemache will also attend. Reverend David Shenton will be compere. The evening has the support of musical director Elaine Bishop with St John’s Director of Music Geoff Winter playing the organ and Jenny Walker on piano.

There will be a further chance to listen to more material from guest speakers Malcolm Baxter at 11am and Malcolm Knapp 3.30pm tomorrow (Saturday) in the George Centre and to meet a living history group who represent the Lincolnshire Yeomanry and Territorials. The Empire Strikes Back will be returning for a lunch time sing-along at noon. There is a change to the advertised programme because Elsham Singers are unable to return due to other commitments at 2pm though some may be joining the noon sing-along.

Mrs Morgan said the launch of the exhibition last weekend was a great success. She said: “I was delighted that the Grantham Remembers WW1 Launch Day went really well. Volunteers were thrilled at the amount of positive feedback from visitors especially given some were specialists in their field. People across all age groups came along and many left messages on the Everyman Remembered Project board for a fallen soldier. We had 234 people in the morning and 116 people in the afternoon attend the event.”