Concert honours the heroes of Great War

The Years to Remember finale in Amble.
The Years to Remember finale in Amble.

A variety show to commemorate the centenary of the First World War has been staged in Amble.

The Years to Remember concert was performed last Friday to a large audience, which included 92-year-old D-Day veteran George Skipper, who lives in the town.

A original banner which was hung in Warkworth in 1915 to welcome back wounded soldiers took centre-stage at the show, having been stored in the garage loft of Amble man John Young.

Staged in St Cuthbert’s Parish Hall, the First World War-themed concert featured a range of musical, dramatic and reflective experiences, orchestrated by MC Alex Swailes.

The night was given a rousing opening by the Northumberland Army Cadet Force Pipes and Drums, under the direction of Major EM Parker.

Amble’s Harbour Lights choir, as well as the Star and Shadow rapper sword dancers and the Mouthing Off trio, played their part in maintaining the momentum of the evening. Mary Hollins, as the Liverpool Linnet, was adept at encouraging the willing audience to join in with music-hall songs from the era.

The concert was commissioned by Amble Town Council and members worked hard to promote the event, which was staged a day before the 100-year anniversary of the Gallipoli landings.

Bart Rippon provided PA support during the show and a DVD of the concert will shortly be available from 21st Century Movies, which is located in Queen Street, Amble.