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VIDEO: Rothesay story evening commemorates WW1 outbreak

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An evening of stories, poems and songs was held at Rothesay Library this week to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War.

Alison Clark, Ed Clark, Jenny Toop, Phillip Toop and Nic Whitelaw painted a vivid picture of life in 1914 in a series of readings which widened the focus of the event beyond the horrific reality of fighting on the front line.

The readings looked back at the Suffragette movement and the militancy which was stopped in its tracks by the outbreak of war, the subtle - and more often not-so-subtle - approach to recruiting men for the fight, the German spy who operated undercover in Edinburgh, the new naval menace posed by the submarine, and Queen Mary’s exhortation to Britain’s needle-workers to create “a large collection of garments” for those serving in the forces.

The evening, jointly organised by the Isle of Bute branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland, also included readings of prose and poetry by, among others, Rudyard Kipling, Jessie Pope and Henry Chappell, whose poem ‘The Day’, read in the accompanying video by Phillip Toop, won him overnight fame.

 

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