AS part of the 100 years commemoration of the end of WW1 Courts are delighted to have been asked to take part in the free public commemoration event at Coalhouse Fort in East Tilbury village this Sunday.
The ceremony events will start in the St Catherine’s Church at 4.30pm with refreshment and charity stalls.
Then the action will move to a performance area just outside of the fort itself from 5.30 to 5.45 pm with local schoolchildren reading their own poems followed by a short performance from the Gateway Academy till 6pm.
At 6pm Courts players will present songs and a narration inspired by their highly entertaining and eye opening recent production of ‘Oh What A Lovely War’. It will feature some of the popular (some quite funny) songs of the time linked by a live narration of the events on the start and the progress of the war till about 6.25. The songs are either popular hits of the day to get men to join up or those later known as ‘Trench Songs’ by the soldiers who with remakable fortitude and irony wrote their own funny and sad lyrics to well known hymns and ballads to highlight their desperate conditions. Courts are proud to give this as their public tribute to the thousands of courageous men who lost their lives or were terribly wounded in such appalling battle conditions and that truly they were all heroes, everyone last of them.
Then Thurrock Marching Brass will then lead a procession to the historic lighting of one of only two riverside fire beacons as a dramatic conclusion to commemorate the ending of the Great War. A tribute will be read by Terry Piccolo the Deputy Mayor of Thurrock Council, scouts will read out the names of the fallen and The Last Post will be sounded. Then when the beacon is fully ablaze a lament will be played by a Sutherland Piper at about 7pm.
Free public parking is very close to the Fort at the end of the village and the public are welcomed to attend for free.