Crieff Remembers was a huge success And thanks for Gathering
Dear Editor The Committee of Festivals Crieff would like to thank everyone who made Crieff Remembers into such a resounding success.
This will include the poignant journey from Crieff to Passchendaele undertaken by the Army cyclists, and their involvement with the Abercairny tree; the magnificent Parade and Drumhead Service; the display of the Diaspora Tapestry of Scotland as part of both Crieff Remembers and the Crieff Arts Festival; the two performances by Crieff Drama Group of One Woman’s War; the lively concert performance by Perth City Opera Group of The Pirates of Penzance; the brilliant display of poppies in James Square and the High Street and other shop windows – both Arts Festival projects; “Echoes of War” – the fascinating talks given by four distinguished academics on different aspects of the War; and the Grand Finale Concert, made particularly memorable by the performance of Rena Gertz singing both WW1 songs in her native German and Gaelic songs composed during the War by Highland soldiers, and with superb performances by Sangsters from Kirkcaldy and the Crieff Community Band.
The Crieff Remembers Exhibition in Strathearn Artspace attracted over a thousand visitors between July 31 and August 12.
We are hugely indebted to everyone who allowed us to display their precious items and who told the stories of the men and women to whom they had belonged.
Our book, Crieff Remembers the Great War, provides a lasting record of this unique and very important event in Crieff’s long history.
We are also extremely grateful to our funders.
These people are Heritage Lottery Fund; Perth and Kinross Council event funding and the Creative Communities fund; the Northwood Trust; Artemis Investment Management; Crieff Succeeds BID; Legion Scotland; and a number of private individuals; and to Morrison’s Academy and Strathearn Artspace for the generous use of their premises.
And finally, our thanks to the many many people who supported us by attending every part of the programme in large and enthusiastic numbers. Thank you. Jean Ann Scott Miller Secretary Festivals Crieff Dear Editor