Back in 2013, Swanmore Amateur Dramatic Society was approached to see if we would like to be part of Swanmore’s events marking 100 years since the outbreak of WW1.
After much discussion we decided to put on a one off performance for the occasion and two of our members got together to plan the evening.
They came up with an evening of songs, poems, readings and sketches, it was not an easy task but the end result was a blend of humor, solomn reflection and a little sadness.
The venue was Swanmore Village Hall. The evening was a complete sell out! Theatre goers arrived to find the hall and bar decked out in in red, white and blue bunting, tables laid with flowers, flags and poppies, and posters from the era proclaiming “Your country needs you!”.
At the interval the audience and cast all tucked into a fish and chip supper followed by home-made trifle, washed down with a range of drinks from the bar.
At the end of the evening the whole hall waved their Union Jack flags and sang along to “ Land of hope and glory “ and “There’ll always be an England” and to the sound of the last post, there was not a dry eye in the house.
Due to popular demand we repeated the performances 3 months later in the Paterson Centre where it was equally well received.
As a Society we were both proud and honored to have been part of such an important occasion.
By Nicki Cresswell.