More than 7,000 visitors turned out to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak First World War at a special event this weekend.
Kendrew Barracks, near Cottesmore, hosted Mobilisation on Sunday and people throughout the region attended to show their appreciation and honour for those who gave their lives in the Great War.
The day featured live performances from local bands, choirs and orchestras, a series of First World War displays from museums and collections, and an area where children played games that were popular at the start of the war.
Mobilisation was organised by Arts for Rutland and is part of the Lord Lieutenant of Rutland Dr Laurence Howard’s programme to commemorate the anniversary.
Arts for Rutland chairman Peter Lawson said: “We had more than 7,000 visitors and we’re very delighted with that. It was great to see the community come together for such a worthy event.
“It was the most appropriate way to commemorate, reflect and honour those who had fallen during the First World War and the barracks was a very fitting place to hold it.”
One of the highlights of the day was a performance from the internationally famed aerial ballet company, Gravity and Levity. The group performed its acclaimed Rites of War, a show which tells the story of two soldiers; one from the First World War, the other serving in modern day Afghanistan and fuses music, film and animation.
Mr Lawson said: “It was a spectacular show performed to an audience of more than 700.
“Nothing like it has been seen before in Rutland and we’re very grateful they performed here.”
The event also featured a host of other shows and performances.
The world premiere of In Wildflower Fields, a musical and choral piece specially commissioned by Arts For Rutland and funded by the Arts Council, was sung by a combined choir of young Rutland schoolchildren. There was also an amateur dramatics production of After The Ball is Over by Lynn Brittney, which was performed by a mixed group of actors from various societies in the area.
Casterton Business and Enterprise College and Catmose College both performed special plays and produced displays, and members of the Oakham School Combined Cadet Force demonstrated their marching ability for the crowds.
Three groups, the REME Military Band, the Rutland Sinfonia, and the Rutland Concert Band performed music throughout for audiences, and children enjoyed playing in a special games area, organised by Active Rutland, featuring games played in 1914.
Money raised on the day is being split between the Royal British Legion, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, and Arts for Rutland.