Concert tribute to fallen war heroes

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A timely tribute to those who lost their lives in wartime is to be staged in Chesterfield.

Standing in Line, featuring songs, readings and images focusing on the Great War, will be performed by internationally-acclaimed singer-songwriter Lester Simpson in conjunction with Mike Bettison and locally based Nigel Corbett.

The concert, at St Thomas Centre, Brampton, on Saturday, November 3, will give spectators a chance to hear about Albert Scrimshaw who was killed 95 years ago in the battle of Ypres and many other captivating stories.

Providing an ideal background to Remembrance Sunday just over a week later, Standing In Line was first commissioned by Peace Concerts Passendale and first performed at Passendale and since throughout Belgium and the UK.

Fittingly, David Knight, a former lay preacher of St Thomas’s Church, which the centre is behind, is honoured on the war memorial at the church. He went off to fight in the First World War and died at Lille aged 22, having been married for just over a year. While he was in hospital in France, Mr Knight was visited by the then vicar of St Thomas’s Church.

Tickets for Standing In Line are available from Shirley Niblock, tel. 207080, Howard Borrell, tel. 221400 or Created Gallery, tel. 232205.