Pub to play Last Post at its Open Mic night

A HAMPSTEAD NORREYS pub will turn its open mic night into a poignant tribute to the First World War when it performes The Last Post on Saturday night.

The White Hart pub is one of hundreds of groups across the country to take place in a special Last Post Project. Funded by the National Lottery, the project the iconic ceremonial call will be played on different instruments in tribute to people from the community whose lives were impacted by World War One.

The event at the White Hart’s open mic night on November 8 will see those taking part wear period dress and perform music from the time. It will also see at least three musicians perform the Last Post on different instruments.

The evening of music starts at 8.30pm and goes on to 10pm. For more details, visit its website.

The following day, the Sandhurst and District Corps of Drums will be gathering in Sandhurst Memorial Park in Yorktown Road for a memorial service. The Last Post will be played during the act of Remembrance at 10am.

The Corps have also performed at the Sandhurst Famiy Arts Festival and Firework display which took place on Saturday, November 1.

In Burnham, St Peter’s Handbell Society will perform the Last Post on handbells at a special event to be held on Saturday, November 15 from 6pm. It is appealing for churches, clubs, pubs and businesses to join them for the evening, which will also include poetry from the Great War.

The project has been backed by Former Dire Straits frontman, Mark Knopfler.

As part of his support, the artist from Blyth, Northumberland has recorded a version of The Last Post on his guitar, a performance he has dedicated to his hometown regiment who suffered 17,000 casualties in the First World War, more then any other.

He said: “The First World War left its mark on families throughout the UK, and throughout the world. It is important to remember the sacrifices made, and to think about why wars happen.

“I’m playing the Last Post for 17,000 young men of the Northumberland Fusiliers who lost their lives. You too can remember through music with The Last Post project.”

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