Music, poetry and film at WWI memorial event

Redoubt Fortress SUS-140827-111917001
Redoubt Fortress SUS-140827-111917001

The Redoubt Fortress will be commemorating the centenary of the start of World War I with a spectacular evening of music, poetry, commentary and film, over three nights from September 12-14.

‘Remember – The Great War’ will be a commemorative event exploring the significant milestone in world history.

Directed by Peter Pyemont, the centenary performance will allow the local community to remember World War One accurately by broadening our understanding of the conflict, bringing together the whole community.

The event will include local choirs, choral societies and schools who will participate and the occasion will form the focal point of Eastbourne Borough Council’s programme of World War One commemorative events.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Tourism, Leisure and Sports Services, Cllr Carolyn Heaps said, “We are delighted to host the Redoubt event as part of the commemoration to the centenary to World War One. The event will have a fantastic community atmosphere whilst raising money for two great charities.”

‘Remember – The Great War’ plays host to two special guests with David Dimbleby as guest speaker on Saturday and then a special performance by opera singer Dame Felicity Lott on Sunday.

The evenings will raise funds for two significant charities: The ABF (The Soldiers Charity) is the Army’s principal welfare charity with her Majesty the Queen as its patron. In times of need, the charity provides financial and practical support to soldiers, former soldiers and their families from both the regular and volunteer reserve forces, irrespective of where or when they served their country. St Wilfrid’s Hospice is this year celebrating 30 years of serving the local community, providing care and support to thousands. Thanks largely to the inspirational generosity and support of the local community; it is able to provide free hospice care to around 1,000 patients every year.

Shadow Cabinet Member for Tourism, Leisure & Sports Services, Cllr Philip Ede said, “’Remember The Great War’ is going to be a fantastic event and we are looking forward to commemorating World War One in an accurate way. The Redoubt Fortress is one of Eastbourne’s historical landmarks and a great venue for this occasion.”

The event will take place at the Redoubt over three nights from September 12-14 with doors opening at 6.30pm giving guests the opportunity to look at First World War items and school work which has been produced in response to the items. The concert begins each evening at 7.30pm. The Outpost will be open with a fully licensed bar.

Tickets are £10 for Friday evening, £15 for Saturday and Sunday evening or £30 with Champagne reception – call 412000. See