The town’s annual Festival of Remembrance is this year being given an updated feel with a new organising team of seven volunteers.
“It is important to reflect on and honour those involved with earlier conflicts as well as make the event relevant to the many servicemen and women representing our country today” says Shirley Ludford who was approached to join the new team to help with the production. “A much refreshed approach to organising the event has been taken which we believe will appeal to a wide cross-section of ages”.
Shirley is pictured with April Porter, Swindon cadets and supporters of the festival of remembrance by Richard Wintle of Calyx
Shirley compered the festival for some years until two years ago and has accepted the invitation to take up the role again in November.
The Poppy Appeal itself sees a new Swindon Organiser. April Porter takes up the role and also sits with the Festival group. She said: “Swindon people respond well to the appeal and the Festival of Remembrance is an important focus event in our calendar, recognising our Forces and raising essential funds at the same time”.
Already several performers have been confirmed for the Festival which will take place at the Wyvern Theatre on 2 November. They include Gary Chilton of The Soldiers, the first group of servicemen to obtain two top 5 hits and raise money for forces charities. Gary, a Sergeant Major who served in Germany, Northern Ireland and on the front-line during the first Gulf War will sing, as well as the Defence Academy Military Wives Choir and award-winning Wessex Male Choir.
More contributors will announced over the next few weeks.
Shirley Ludford would like to make it clear the Festival of Remembrance organising group is not responsible for the organisation of the annual Remembrance Day parade and service at the cenotaph as reported in the Swindon Advertiser.