Cri­eff Re­mem­bers was a huge suc­cess And thanks for Gath­er­ing

Strathearn Herald - - STRATHEARN VIEW -

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

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