Army base set for event to commemorate First World War

Kendrew Barracks, Cottesmore
Kendrew Barracks, Cottesmore
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Hundreds of people are ready to turnout for a special event this weekend to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Kendrew Barracks, near Cottesmore is set to host Mobilisation from 10am on Sunday, and people from across the region are being called to attend the free event to mark the anniversary.

The day will feature live performances from local bands, choirs and orchestras, a series of displays from museums and collections, and an area where children can play games that were popular in 1914. It has been 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: “I hope that hundreds of families from the area will attend this incredible event. Although it has a commemorative theme, there will be something for every family member. It will be a fantastic day out.”

The event will include events for the whole family.

The world premiere of In Wildflower Fields, a musical and choral piece specially commissioned by Arts For Rutland and funded by the Arts Council, will be sung by a combined choir of young Rutland schoolchildren.

Casterton Business and Enterprise College and Catmose College are both performing special plays and producing displays, and members of the Oakham School Combined Cadet Force will demonstrate their marching ability.

Three groups, the REME Military Band, the Rutland Sinfonia, and the Rutland Concert Band will be performing music throughout. There will be a special games area, organised by Active Rutland, featuring games played in 1914.

Following two successful performances in London and Manchester, the internationally famed aerial ballet company, Gravity and Levity, will perform its acclaimed Rites of War. The show 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.

The day will also include many more performances, competitions and prize draws.

Station Commandant of Kendrew Barracks Lieutenant Colonel Steve Lonnen said: “All of us here within the military community are delighted to be able to share our facilities with our friends in Rutland and the neighbouring counties.”

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