Reflections on WW1 was devised to give expression through music, poetry, dance and reminiscence to the effect of WW1 had on the population of Wigtownshire and was perforned at the Riverside Day Centre in Newton Stewart last Saturday evening.
Stewart McFadzean welcomed the audience who attended the event and read from letters written by local soldiers serving in Ypres and the Dardanelles. Poetry written by Sigfrid Sassoon, Laurence Binyon and Rudyard Kipling was featured alongside poetry by local authors such as Nellue Cubin together with sketches highlighting the toll the Great War had on families in the region whose lives were change by the onset of the war in August 1914 and also by the signing of the Armistice to end the war in November 1918.
The Riverside Dancers performed Scottish Reels which wouls have been performed in local patriotic concerts during the war, initially to raise funds for those enlisting in action and then, after 1918, to continue fundraising for those coming back from the action and for the widows and children who had been bereaved by the war.
As in 2014, the ‘circle of war’ continues with the conflict in Afghanistan and this was also reflected in the moving choreography performed by Galloway Dance. Those taking part were all resident in this region including two talented youthful performers Bethany Donn, an accomplished soloist and the piper Fraser Kelly who contributed so movingly to the evening which ended with a poem of dedication to servicemen in this region read by Jessie Martin followed by a final dedication to all servicemen read by Revd. Canon Nigel Newton.
Thanks are due to the Newton Stewart Museum, The Galloway Gazette as well as the staff and members of The Riverside Day Centre who not only took part and contributed so generously to the evening but also allowed the evening to be staged in Riverside Day Centre which proved the ideal venue for the evening of reflections on WW1.