Tribute paid to Great War at town’s fortress

Redoubt War Concert SUS-140917-134450001
Redoubt War Concert SUS-140917-134450001

An evening of performance commemorated WW 1 at the Redoubt Fortress at the weekend.

World-renowned soprano Dame Felicity Lott led a dramatic line up at the Redoubt Fortress at one of the performances.

The show was called Remember…The Great War and included three evenings of music, poetry, commentary and film, and the concert was a highlight in Eastbourne’s WW1 programme of events. The opera star sang in an extra special recital on Sunday, along with a range of performances over the three evenings by locals.

The Eastbourne College orchestra led the music and the choir included singers from many schools and choral societies.

On Saturday night, guest speaker David Dimbleby made a special appearance to provide a talk on Eastbourne’s Victoria Cross winner Nelson Victor Carter, and local dance school Legat provide their own dramatic interpretation of John Magee’s poem High Flight.

Traditional First World War songs such as Oh What a Lovely War, Pack up Your Troubles and Keep the Home Fires Burning were also enjoyed.

There was also a big screen displaying footage and images from the war, an orchestra and the poignant sounds of The Last Post.

The event was directed Peter Pyemont, who said, “The Redoubt Fortress provided an ideal backdrop for this deeply moving event commemorating The Great War.”

Youngsters were involved in the event too as school work was exhibited at the event.

Visitors also had the chance to marvel at a range of artefacts loaned by local collectors including uniforms, artillery shells, mortars and even a campaign plan from 1918 signed by Douglas Haig.

Proceeds from the concert ticket sales went to ABF The Soldiers Charity and St Wilfrid’s Hospice.