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Watch video tributes to WWI fallen as Lancashire Remembers

Posted on - 14th November, 2018 - 8:28pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston City Centre, Preston News
Lancashire Remembers concert

Video tributes to those who fought and died in the First World War have been released following the Lancashire Remembers concert at Preston Guild Hall.

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Over 1,100 people attended the concert, which commemorated the end of the First World War and featured musicians and singers from across Lancashire.

The first video features the Scout Band playing Hymn to the Fallen against a backdrop of pictures and stories from the First World War, many of which were submitted by people who were in the audience on the night.

Another part of the concert paid tribute to the PALS Battalions as PALS historian Les Bond performed his song 100 Years On.

Other performances on the night included Rose of Kelvingrove by the Accrington Pipe Band and the East Lancs Concert Band, and When Thunder Calls by the 2nd Rossendale Brass Band and the drummers of the Accrington Pipe Band.

International opera singer Sean Ruane led a specially assembled choir of around 80 people from around Lancashire in an emotional version of Benedictus, accompanied by the Scout Band.

There was also a sing-along of wartime favourites including Pack Up Your Troubles, Quartermaster’s Store, Run Rabbit Run, Dad’s Army and Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty.

Read more: Pictures as Preston marked Remembrance Sunday

Co-producer of the concert and ELCB trumpeter Nick Holme said: “There were so many moving performances on the night, from William Michael Neary reciting his poem The Roll Call, to the East Lancs Concert Band’s rendition of Hallelujah, and from Chris Bannister’s unaccompanied version of And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda, to Song Of Hope played by trumpeters Ben Yardley, Arlene Cunliffe and Jack Yardley.

“The Service of Remembrance was led by Rev’d Fr Keith Fenton, and featured Royal British Legion Standard Bearers and Forces Cadets from around the region. During the silence that followed, the hall lights were dimmed and poppies fell from the ceiling. It was so quiet you could hear the poppies hitting the floor.

“We finished with Highland Cathedral, which was specially arranged for the event to include all three bands and the choir. It was a stunning end to a perfect commemoration of the Armistice Centenary.

“We hear the phrase ‘there wasn’t a dry eye in the house’ frequently, but on this occasion it was movingly accurate.”

Read more: Watch as lone piper plays at 6am for Preston Remembrance

Did you attend Lancashire Remembers? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below.

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