Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Lest we forget

Friday, June 06, 2014

Song, music and words will be at the heart of a special event at Stockton Central Library to remember the part Stockton residents played in the Great War.

Between 6pm and 9pm on Friday 20 June songwriters and bands from across Stockton Borough will perform original work alongside a narrative from Teesside playwright Gorden Steel. All of the material is inspired by research gathered about the Great War with the telling of specific stories about the lives of those living in and around Stockton.

The evening will combine the evocative sounds of Infant Hercules and North Skelton Brass Band with communal singing from Stockton Town Choir.

There will also guest appearances from Jess Daley (BBC’s Over the Rainbow), Andy Johnson (The Southmartins) and Mike McGrother (Wildcats of Kilkenny).

Tickets are free and can be booked and collected from the Visitor Information Centre in the Rediscover Stockton Shop at 134B High Street, Stockton. Call (01642) 528130.

‘Lest we forget’ is funded by the Society of Chief Librarians who have been awarded £196,110 from the National Lottery supported Grants for the Arts: libraries fund through Arts Council England to support a range of projects that will enable community groups to create their own unique responses to the First World War.

Stockton is one of ten public libraries which have been selected to take part in the Society of Chief Librarians scheme.

The ten projects will be filmed and uploaded to a dedicated public library area at The first digital content will be live for the start of the Great War commemorations in August 2014. 

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