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Festival of remembrance

The organiser of a poignant festival of remembrance at Wulfrun Hall this Sunday has urged more people to attend - and show their respect for the Wolverhampton men and women who served their country in the conflicts of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Chair of the Festival Remembrance Working Committee, Councillor Linda Leach said this year's event which starts at 2.00pm on 3 November, 2013, is a particularly moving programme of music and memories which would appeal to all ages.

She said: "We're one of the few cities in the country to organise an event like this, a mark of our esteem for all our citizens who have served their country. This year, we've done even more to appeal to younger generations who will hopefully keep this very important tradition alive."

The programme includes the reading of her winning poem by Chloe Russell of Long Knowle Primary School. Along with other Wolverhampton pupils, Chloe was inspired by hearing at first hand the war time experiences of veterans and representatives of RAF Cosford who visited local schools in preparation for the festival.

Councillor Leach added: "It is so important that we involve youngsters in remembering the sacrifices made for the freedoms we all enjoy. This inter-generational project inspired some wonderful works of imagination by local pupils."

Tickets are now on sale for £5 at the Civic Hall Box Office or can be purchased on the door on the day. The programme of music and memories includes St Peter's Church Choir, Parade of Standard Bearers, Black Country Brass Band, the City Organist, Wolverhampton Male Voice Choir and RAF Cosford. Maggie O'Hara will lead community singing and the event will be heralded by pipers who will perform outside the Wulfrun Hall before the event starts.

Doors open at 1.00pm and the event starts at 2.00pm. Tickets are now on sale at the Civic Hall Box Office at £5 or can be purchased on the door on the day.

  • released: Tuesday 29 October, 2013