Duncan Preston to host the 68th Bradford (Yorkshire) Festival of Remembrance
The Bradford born actor is well known for his many Theatre and TV credits including of course the Victoria Wood comedies Acorn Antiques and Dinnerladies. Duncan has recently returned to our screens as ‘Doug Potts’ on ITV’s Emmerdale.
There will be a wonderful variety of local acts performing at Sunday’s event including, The City of Bradford Brass Band, soprano Claire McKay and St John’s Church of England Primary School Choir.
The history of the City of Bradford Brass Band can be traced back to the early twentieth century and the Salt’s Mill Band of Saltaire. In 2014 the Band won the first section of the Yorkshire Championship held at St George’s Hall with their rendition of Cry of the Mountain. This qualified them to represent Yorkshire in the National finals.
Claire McKay is a mezzo-soprano with a voice delivering a range of tonal colours, from early music to opera, soul and blues. She has led the community singing at the Bradford Service of Remembrance since November 2012 and is thrilled to be back again this year.
Children from the Sara Packham Theatre School based in Keighley will be performing a medley of song, dance and poetry.
For the first time we welcome Yorkshire based theatre company, Tantalus Theatre formed by artistic director Oliver Knight, with the aim to make work inspired by untold stories and hidden voices. They will perform an excerpt from Undercliffe: Over by Christmas, which began life as a full length site specific piece commissioned by Undercliffe Cemetery to present the true wartime experiences of Bradford Pals now resting there.
The event will end with a Parade of Standards, community singing and a Service of Remembrance. Be part of something special and join your community for the 68th annual Bradford Festival of Remembrance.