Former Dire Straits frontman, Mark Knopfler has performed a moving guitar version of the Last Post to mark the launch of a nationwide World War One centenary music project.
From 4 – 18 November, The Last Post project from Superact will host over 200 community led events where the iconic ceremonial call will be played on different instruments in tribute to people from the community whose lives were impacted by World War One.
In the South East, 15 community events will take place, from remembrance services, museum displays and concerts, to open mic nights and even a performance in a prison.
The project has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund with support from the Department for Communities and events are scheduled to take place across “Last Post fortnight” in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The full list of events is listed on Superact’s interactive map with some highlighted events detailed below.
Having grown up in Blyth, Northumberland, Knopfler dedicated the Last Post performance to his hometown regiment who suffered 17,000 casualties in the First World War, more then any other.
The performance can be viewed and shared from Superact’s YouTube channel here.
Following his Last Post performance, Mark Knopfler said, “The First World War left its mark on families throughout the UK, and throughout the world. It is important to remember the sacrifices made, and to think about why wars happen.
“I’m playing the Last Post for 17,000 young men of the Northumberland Fusiliers who lost their lives. You too can remember through music with The Last Post project.”
Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles said, “The Last Post is used in camp to signal the end of the day or in conflict to signal the battles end – providing a beacon to the weary and wounded to find safety and rest.
“But a whole generation of our young men, many thousands of fathers, husbands, brothers and sons, never heard that beacon; they never made it back to safety.
“100 years on from their sacrifice, 200 communities across the country will come together in schools, libraries and places of worship to hear that fateful music and to acknowledge the service that was given fighting for liberty.
“When we hear the Last Post now its poignancy only serves as a reminder of what these heroes gave to our country.”
Author and Comedian, Ben Elton is also backing the project and said, “I would play the Last Post for my German grandfather who spent four years fighting in the trenches. Twenty years later he was a Jewish refugee on the run from the country he had served, seeking sanctuary from the country he had fought.
“It is important to remember the war and its impact on soldiers and civilians alike. The Last Post project is an invitation for everyone to take part in the First World War Centenary. Get involved!”