Local stories set to feature in remembrance concert

The Tynemouth World War One Commemoration Project has joined with the Army Benevolent Fund to stage what will be the most significant event in 2014 to recognise the response of the north east to the call for a massive increase in the country’s armed forces in the summer and autumn of 1914.

The concert, The Response will be staged at Sage Gateshead on Saturday, September 27. Tickets will be on sale from the venue from June.

In the meantime there is an opportunity to get a preview of some of the remarkable stories of the involvement of local men in many aspects of the war on land and at sea.

At 8pm on March 1, the launch of the commemorative CD Only Remembered, featuring words, songs and music of the Great War, will take place at Sage Gateshead.

In the intimate surroundings of Hall Two, local singer Vicky Guillory, well-known columnist Denise Robertson and Colonel Alasdair Hutton will recall the experiences of the fighting men through music and verse, all featured on the new CD produced by the Army Benevolent Fund in aid of forces charities.

As a part of the programme on March 1, the Tynemouth project has assembled a few of the fascinating stories that have been uncovered in the course of the three years of research and contact with living relatives of those who served.

These will be presented with readings by current relatives of the men whose stories illustrate the realities of the conflict.

Tickets are available from the Sage Gateshead box office on (0191) 443 4661 or at www.sagegateshead.com

The second half of the programme features music of later years with the Little Sisters harmony singers, recreating the music and songs of the Forties.

Further diary dates to note are the public information day to be held at North Shields Customer First Centre on March 1, when a number of local and regional groups will be on hand from 10am to 4pm to demonstrate the resources available to help anyone wishing to learn more about the war and the part a relative may have played in the momentous events of 100 years ago.

The NET (North Shields) will be present with a wartime themed display and information on progress towards the development and opening of the Fishing and Maritime Heritage Centre now being created in the old Low Lights building on the Fish Quay.

The project is inviting members of the public to join them ‘Going over the top’ on Sunday, March 23, when they will be having a fundraising evening with entertainment provided by the regular musicians at the Low Lights Tavern - North Shields’ oldest surviving pub.

Tickets are £5, which includes a light supper, and available from the KeelRow Bookshop, Preston Road, the Low Lights Tavern and the project workroom at the Linskill Centre.

The project workroom at Room B9, Linskill Community Centre, Trevor Terrace, North Shields, is open from 10am to 4pm each weekday.