Belford play to give flavour of war-time

As part of the Heritage Lottery-funded project Belford, a Rural Area at War, Belford Players are performing a drama'“documentary called World War 1 Remembered.

Thursday, 10th November 2016, 11:17 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 16:15 pm
Local soldier J.W. Falla, front row on the left, was shot in the leg on his first day of action and invalided home.

Belford Hidden History Museum volunteers have researched every local man and woman who was involved in the conflict and this research was used as a starting point.

Some villagers actually remember their parents telling them about the effect the war had on people and these memories have been incorporated.

The play gives an overview of World War One but is mainly based on families whose men folk were away fighting. Visitors will hear from the men themselves in the trenches and some of the letters they wrote home.

There are tales of the women who stepped in and took over the jobs and businesses that the men were no longer there to do.

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The children especially were deeply affected by the absence of their loved ones; some had to step into the shoes of their fathers and take over their jobs.

The camaraderie, bravery and fortitude of local people was extraordinary.

Many of the families featured in the play, such as the Cuthberts and the Halls, are still in the village today.

Although based on Belford, the play will reflect every community in the country, there was not an area that was not affected.

There will be two performances in the Ferguson Hall, Nursery Lane, just off the High Street.

The first is on Armistice Day, tomorrow. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Wine will be served. The second will be on Remembrance Sunday at noon. Soup and rolls will be served.

There is no charge but there will be collection for the Royal British Legion.

There is a service of Remembrance at St Mary’s Church on Armistice Day at 10.55am and on Sunday the Act of Remembrance and laying of wreaths takes place at the war memorial in West Street at 10.45am in the presence of the Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland, The Duchess of Northumberland.