Join us to re­mem­ber them all

Gloucestershire Echo - - LETTERS & OPINION - Coun­cil­lor Flo Clu­cas Cab­i­net Mem­ber Healthy Life­styles

IT has been a great priv­i­lege to be in­volved in ‘Chel­tenham Re­mem­bers.’ It has brought to­gether young and old, or­gan­i­sa­tions both vol­un­tary and pro­fes­sional, as well as ser­vice rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Two events I at­tended re­cently were quite re­mark­able. The con­cert at the Town Hall was amaz­ing. Young peo­ple saw mu­si­cians, choirs and soloists give a spe­cial con­cert with po­etry read­ings, to com­mem­o­rate the cen­te­nary.

Mu­si­cians from across the county, both young and a lit­tle older came to­gether to cre­ate a stun­ning evening. Glouces­ter­shire Deaf As­so­ci­a­tion Choir was tremen­dous.

It was a splen­did evening. As was the spe­cially writ­ten play ‘On the Mend,’ about life in a Chel­tenham VAD hos­pi­tal dur­ing the war. The Every­man Theatre brought to­gether pro­fes­sional and com­mu­nity ac­tors to tell the story of a young cou­ple.

The story was based in Chel­tenham, us­ing the sto­ries of real peo­ple, whose fam­i­lies had given per­mis­sion for them to be used. There was an im­me­di­acy of lo­ca­tion as place names and es­tab­lish­ments were men­tioned. Names of real soldiers, Chel­tenham men all, were wo­ven into the script. There was no need to make any­thing up, it was too real.

Re­search done by Neela Mann, to­gether with Bryn Hold­ing’s words, mu­sic from Tas­min Hen­nard and Adrian Gee’s set and cos­tume de­sign made it a truly mem­o­rable night.

The week­end will be­gin with the Memo­rial March from Sand­ford Park to Mont­pel­lier Gar­dens, with the name of ev­ery sol­dier from Chel­tenham who died, re­mem­bered. Sun­day will be­gin with the Civic Ser­vice and Pa­rade at the War Memo­rial. The af­ter­noon will see a spe­cial com­mu­nity con­cert at the Every­man Theatre and from 5pm, a spe­cial event which will take place at the Mu­nic­i­pal Of­fices. The build­ing will be­come a gi­ant screen, with im­agery, sound and light, to com­mem­o­rate those who fought, died, served and suf­fered.

Please join us to re­mem­ber them all.

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