In a statement to Heritage Daily Communities Secretary Eric Pickles announced the launch of the Last Post, a mass participation music project for 300 communities in each year of the Centenary from 2014 to 2018.
For a fortnight either side of Remembrance Sunday, 300 communities across the country will research their own local First World War heritage and hold musical recitals in schools, libraries, places of worship and community centres, where they will share stories, local memories and testimony.
Volunteers at each event will play the Last Post on new arrangements of the traditional bugle and trumpet call. ‘Last Post songbooks’ will also offer traditional music from the era including the widely known trench songs such as ‘Pack Up Your Troubles’, ‘Keep the home fires burning’ and ‘Take me back to dear old Blighty.’
2014 will mark 100 years since the start of the First World War. To honour and remember the lives of those who served in and were affected by the war, the government is leading a national centenary programme of ceremonial events, cultural activity and education.
Speaking earlier this week when attending the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate, which commemorates the British and Commonwealth dead at the Battle of Ypres, Eric Pickles said:
Each evening crowds gather under the Menin Gate to hear the final salute to the fallen, played by the buglers of the Last Post Association.
The poignancy of the Last Post is something that everyone in Britain recognises as a way of remembering those who lost their lives in war in service to this country fighting for liberty.
This is a fitting time to bring that music back home, closer to the heart of communities and use it to remember the remarkable role so many local people played in the First World War.
The Last Post will take place across the Centenary with a series of Last Post fortnights which will be linked to a specific theme. This year’s theme is ‘Outbreak of war’. At each event volunteers will play the Last Post on a range of instruments from piano to bagpipes, guitar to the steel drums. For more information on the Last Post please see www.superact.org.uk
2014 will mark 100 years since the start of the First World War.
To honour and remember the lives of those who served in and were affected by the war the government is leading a national centenary programme of ceremonial events, cultural activity and education. For more information on how the government is building a fitting commemoration of this significant milestone in world history, please see First World War Centenary
A number of Last Post musical events are taking place this February. In addition to the projects in Knowsley, Portsmouth and Bristol and Northumberland, projects are also taking place in Haringey and Bradford.
Contributing Source : Gov.uk