Authors, actors and musicians have lent their support to the Last Post Project’s ambition to get communities across the country playing the Last Post for someone in the First World War.
Following a successful start that saw over 40,000 people take part in 2014, the project has now launched a free information and resource pack exploring the battle of Gallipoli.
The Last Post resource pack was launched at a live recording of folk songs linked to 1915 and the Gallipoli campaign. Musicians Paul Sartin of British folk band Bellowhead and Turkish singer Cigdem Aslan sang Ҫanakkale Türküsü and ‘Old Gallipoli’ to the tune of Mountains of Mourne.
The music will form part of the pack along with poetry, art and family stories. Actor and comedian Hugh Dennis tells of his Uncle Frank who died at Gallipoli at just 17 years old. War Horse author, Michael Morpurgo wrote the foreword in which he challenges young people to ask why and how they should remember the war.
Teachers, parents, youth workers and community groups can register for the pack at www.thelastpostproject.org.uk and to take part in a week of Last Post activities from 20th-26 April 2015.