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Festival is opportunity to remember city's war heroes

Tickets for Wolverhampton's Festival of Remembrance are now on sale - giving people the chance to honour the sacrifices of the city's war heroes.

Festival of Remembrance
Festival of Remembrance

The afternoon of music and remembrance, to support The Royal British Legion, ex-services organisations and Help for Heroes, takes place at the Wulfrun Hall on Sunday 2 November, 2014, and young and old are encouraged to come along.

Directed by Jeremy Hobbs, the event will start with the ceremonial parade of Standards and the presentation of the Torch of Remembrance.

It will then feature rousing music from the past 100 years and closes with a peace and reconciliation service, the Last Post and a spectacular poppy drop.

Among those performing are Britain's Got Talent star Jean Martyn, Wolverhampton Youth Wind Orchestra Brass Ensemble, soloists Tony O'Rourke and Abigail Strudwick, members of Wolverhampton Musical Comedy Company and The Compton Hospice Choir.

Councillor Linda Leach, Chair of the Wolverhampton Festival of Remembrance working committee, said: "This year our focus will be on remembering the outbreak of the First World War and those who served and who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"We want to see people from across the generations take part and remember those from our city who fought for our country. We have some wonderful local musicians taking part and a programme that includes music from the last 100 years as well as a Service of Remembrance.

"We hope families will bring their children and encourage them to learn about the past, meet veterans from the Second World War and remember those who fell."

Doors open at 1pm and the event begins at 2pm. Tickets are on sale now priced £5 each and are available from the Civic Hall Box Office on 0870 320 7000 or can be purchased on the day, subject to availability. All profits go to the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal and Help for Heroes.

  • released: Monday 13 October, 2014