Villagers commemorate World War One in music, readings and poetry

World War One commemoration at All Saints' Church, Riseley.
World War One commemoration at All Saints' Church, Riseley.

Villagers joined forces at the weekend for a musical commemoration marking the outbreak of World War One.

The choral evening was held at All Saints’ Church, Riseley, on Saturday, October 18 when choirs from the area entertained with songs from the wartime era.

During the event, organised by Mike Gibbons, stories were read about local people and their involvement in the war, with some given by descendents.

A spokesman said: “It was a memorable event embracing the villages of Riseley and Bletsoe, to the extent that during the moving opening ceremonial of the parading of the British Legion standards the names of the fallen were read by the respective village representatives.

“There then followed a programme of both reflection and entertainment in equal measure, provided by Riseley Early Risers choir, Sharnbrook Gospel Choir and including soloists Nicola Baily and Chris Harrott, and reflections and poetry from Peter and Monica Hetherington, Phillip Strickland, Frank Spackman, Martin Bailey and surviving relatives and representatives.

“The Royal British Legion sounded the last post before the singing of the National Anthem and final parade.

“The mood then lifted with the singing of some good old favourite songs before refreshments were served and old acquaintances renewed.”

The proceeds of almost £1,000 from this event will benefit the Royal British Legion.