Landmark concert to tell north east’s contribution to conflict

The annual concert Salute Our Heroes, organised by the Army Benevolent Fund in aid of SSAFA – the charity supporting service personnel and their families in times of need – will be a spectacular event in this centenary year of the Great War.

A special programme of words, music and song supported by well-known local personalities and artists will be staged in the magnificent surroundings of Hall One in the Sage Gateshead at 7.30pm on Saturday, September 27.

The programme is to be narrated by Alasdair Hutton OBE, who has experience world–wide as a producer of military themed concerts, including his long association as compere of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Using material gathered from across the north east recounting the human aspects of the part the region played in the First World War 100 years ago, the event will draw upon a vast amount of images and stories telling of local men and women in the national struggle which had such far-reaching and life changing consequences for everyone.

Well-known and internationally renowned personalities along with familiar faces from the region’s media will relate the story of the contribution of our community and individuals with music, words, song and poetry.

All genres of music and performance from the classical brilliance of Graeme Danby to the more regionally-based folk culture of the region - Rapper Sword dancing (Newcastle Kingsmen) and song – Jed Grimes, will be set alongside the written words of local men and women who fought in the conflict, to be presented by Kate Adie, a former war correspondent, and regional television and press personalities Carol Malia, Pam Royle and Denise Robertson.

Military bands and a local community choir and dancers will all ensure that a truly inspiring evening will pay tribute to a generation that suffered so much.

The Tynemouth project has been working with the Army Benevolent Fund over 18 months to supply information and stories to inform the programme.

Tickets for the concert are available only from Sage Gateshead ,including online, on (0191) 443 4661.

The comprehensive exhibition of materials gathered by the project telling the story of the war in the local area has only ten more days on display before closing on Saturday, September 20, in North Shields Customer First Centre.

Many local people have visited the exhibition and comments have been very favourable from visitors of all ages.

The play Death at Dawn, commissioned by the project and written by Peter Mortimer, closed at Linskill Community Centre on Saturday with sell-out performances on the last two evenings of a highly acclaimed run.

There is now only a question of where the play will be next performed.

Those who experienced the emotionally charged performances of a cast of professional and student actors will long remember the intimacy of the performances ‘in the round’ which involved the audiences in the action in a very immediate and gripping way.

The Information Centre in Tynemouth Front Street will be open Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4pm until late autumn.

The project workroom in Linskill Community Centre is open from 10am to 4pm daily Mondays to Fridays.

The popular talks in the Low Lights Tavern, Brewhouse Bank, Fish Quay, North Shields, resume on Tuesday, September 23, at 7.30pm, when Bill Midgley will consider another controversial aspect of the Great War – the treatment of conscientious objectors – those men who felt unable to participate in the prosecution of the war.

For this talk no tickets are being issued and admission will be on a first come basis.

These talks are popular and range over many aspects of the war.

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Anyone with information about anyone killed or died as a result of the war is asked to contact the project.

The project workroom at Room B9, Linskill Community Centre, Trevor Terrace, North Shields, is open from 10am to 4pm each weekday for visitors and for anyone interested to learn more about the project or how to get involved.

The address for correspondence is c/o Essell, 29 Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1AR.