Three charities benefited by more than £700 collectively from an event in Seaford themed around the First World War.
They were Help for Heroes, and Seaford Mayor Cllr Mark Brown’s current local charities, WAVES Family Support and Seahaven Storehouse foodbank.
The event was held at Seaford Baptist Church. A Great War-style tea was served promptly at 5.30pm consisting of egg, corned beef, paste and jam sandwiches, cakes, bread pudding, jam tarts, jelly and ice cream, and of course multiple cups of tea. WAVES volunteers prepared and served the feast.
The concert that followed began with the Seaford Silver Band playing ‘Death or Glory’, ‘The Shepherd’s Song’, ‘Oh What a Lovely War’, ‘A Long Way to Tipperary’, ‘When this Lousy War is Over’, ‘Mademoiselle from Armentieres’ and ‘Putting on The Ritz’.
Seaford’s Archway Choir then took to the stage and everyone enjoyed their rendition of ‘All of Me’, ‘Somewhere Only We Know’, ‘Make You Feel my love’, ‘Love the One You’re With’, and ‘Skyfall’.
The Seaford Baptist Church Concert Choir then joined with Archway and gave a moving rendition of ‘The Sanctus’. Equally poignant was a duet from Mike Kerry and Roger Case who sang ‘Willie McBride’.
SBC Concert Choir followed with ‘’We Being Many’, ‘I Don’t Know How to Love Him’ and ‘Falling in Love Again’. The choir led the audience in community singing, and Christa Lindner sang ‘Lili Marlene’ in German inviting the audience to join the chorus (in English).
Edith Garrod read a thought-provoking poem – ‘Just to Make the Poppies Grow’. The concert was closed with an Act of Remembrance, the parading of the St George’s standard and the singing of ‘I Vow to Thee my Country’, ‘Land of Hope and Glory’, ‘Rule Britannia’, ‘Jerusalem’ and of course the National Anthem. The organisers wish to thank all those who took part in this memorable tea and concert.