Thursday 7th July saw pupils and staff from William Lovell Church of England Academy take to the stage to present “From Stickney to the Somme”. This very special summer concert was part of the Royal British Legion’s Somme 100 events programme to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.
Scenes, stories and songs interspersed with footage told the story of WW1 from Kitchener’s call to join up, through the Battle of the Somme to eventual victory in November 1918. We saw how war affected both the soldiers in the trenches and families at home through the reading of real letters from the period and through the eyes of Violet – a (fictitious) young girl whose dad was conscripted and lost his life on the first day of The Somme.
The skilful blending of all these vividly brought home the sense of duty, comradeship, sacrifice and loss on both a local and national level. Rousing choruses, emotion filled acting and beautifully read poems all played their part in this excellent production. An appreciative audience were totally absorbed as each scene and song flowed seamlessly into the next part of the story telling.
A poignant and fitting end to the evening was the cast reading a roll of honour of the Stickney men who died in WW1. It was a privilege to have Mr Fred Hunt as a special guest to lead The Exhortation followed by the Last Post. A very moving and memorable evening.