Warwick District Remembers will give everyone a chance to commemorate the fallen

A scene at the recent parade by the 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in Warwick.
A scene at the recent parade by the 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in Warwick.

A special concert involving children, veterans, cadets and others in the community will give people from Leamington, Warwick, Kenilworth and Whitnash the chance to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War.

Whitnash town councillor and former mayor Cllr Adrian Barton has formed a community organisation especially to plan the Warwick District Remembers event, which will take place at the Spa Centre in Leamington this October.

As well as marking 100 years since the outbreak of the war, the concert - which is being supported by many different organisations including the Royal British Legion, Warwick District Council, multi-faith organisations, the Armed Forces and cadets - will raise funds for the Royal British Legion.

Cllr Barton, who has helped to organise remembrance concerts in Whitnash for the past three years, said: “It was felt that seeing as this year is the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, that we could make it a Warwick district-wide event.

“This is for everyone in our four towns and surrounding villages, but also for other towns in south Warwickshire such as Stratford and Southam.

“It has been so well received, we have so many people involved and have already sold 400 of the 565 available tickets.”

During the first half of the concert, music will be performed by the young members of Warwickshire County Music School Orchestra, the Band of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and the Royal Naval Association Choir.

Then after an interval, there will be a multi-faith Drum Head service led by the Bishop of Warwick the Rt Rev John Stroyan. Cllr Barton explained: “The Drum Head originated when soldiers in the field, without access to a chapel or church, would lay their drums, consecrate them by laying their standards on them, and use them as an altar. A lot of veterans will be taking part in that with their medals.”

He added: “In our modern society, it is not possible to imagine quite what life was like, so our event is aimed at commemorating and remembering those men and women from around the world who found themselves entrenched in a world at war.”

The concert takes place on Friday October 31 at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £12.50. To book, call 334418.

The Warwick District Remembers group is still looking for someone who can play the bagpipes and is available to play at the concert. Email contact @warwickdistrictremembers.com

The concert is being sponsored by BPS, Linleigh Electrical, Blythe Liggins Solicitors and Hawkesford estate agents.