Richmondshire Remembers is a series of events that will commemmorate the men and women of the area in 1918 at the time of The Second Battle of the Somme both in the thick of the fighting and at home suporting the war effort.
The events will run from March, when the German High Command launched 'Kaiserslacht' which, with hindsight, marked the beginning of the end of the Great War, through to November 2018 - the actual end. A wide range of organisations, from the museums and schools, the choirs and performance groups as well as those groups that support the veterans - the Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes - will be presenting and supporting special events.
SATURDAY 17 MARCH IN RETREAT RICHMOND SCHOOL
An evening of words, music and performance based on the pamphlet 'In Retreat' by Capt Herbert Read - 7th Battalion, Green Howards, - an account of the 10 days he spent in retreat from St Quentin starting 21 March 1918.
Featuring WAGS Military Wives Choir and Richmond School 6th Form Drama, Dance and brass groups
Time and tickets to be announced
WEDNESDAY 21-SATURDAY 24 MARCH JOURNEY'S END by R C Sherriff GEORGIAN THEATRE ROYAL
R C Sherriff's ground-breaking play remains one of the most powerful and successful pieces of modern drama and one of the most acclaimed examples of literature that deals with the tragedy and horror of conflict.
Set over the course of four days in the trenches before St Quentin leading up to a massive German attack on in 1918, Journey's End charts the tension and claustrophobia as the new recruit to the company, Lieutenant Raleigh, discovers that Captain Stanhope, his former school friend and hero, has changed almost beyond recognition.
The play, presented by Richmond Amateur Dramatic Society, will open on 21 March - the 100th Anniversary of the artillery barrage that heralded Kaiserslacht and The Second Battle of the Somme.
Performances at 7.30pm Tickets £7.50 - £13.50
Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond. Box Office Tel: 01748 825252 or online at georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk