Project will remember war heroes

A special event is taking place to remember and honour men who lost their lives in the First World War.

Rockcliffe Community Association and Rockcliffe First School are taking part in the centenary project The Last Post.

The Association are hosting an event that will see the Last Post for performed for Henry Mills Ridley, a newly wed who died on The Somme in May 1918. A total of 55 men from the Rockcliffe area of Whitley Bay were lost during the war and each one will be remembered.

The event will take place at Rockcliffe First School, Grafton Road, Whitley Bay, on Saturday, November 15, from 3pm to 4pm.

School pupils will perform music from the era while there will be more on how the war affected the community and a chance to create a pebble poppy memorial

Designed and run by arts organisation Superact with support from the Department for Communities and Local Government, The Last Post project has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to roll out the project in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in 2014.

Chair of Rockcliffe Community Association, Sarah Sutton said: “This is a great way to draw the community together with music and share our area’s history.”

Virginia Crompton, executive producer of The Last Post project, said: “The Last Post is a creative project enabling people all over the UK to explore local World War One heritage and reflect on new interpretations of this piece of music that has become indelibly linked to remembrance.”

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