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Beechey brothers remembered in WW1 Centenary commemorations

18 June 2014

The Diocese has partnered BBC Radio Lincolnshire and the University of Lincoln on a new project

Five brothers who were killed in action in World War One will be remembered in a series of ambitious performances across Lincolnshire this summer.

The Diocese of Lincoln has worked closely with BBC Radio Lincolnshire and the University of Lincoln's School of Performing Arts, who are producing a series of events and performances culminating in a unique outdoor spectacular in the village of Friesthorpe on 4 August, the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One.

Tickets, which are free, are now available.

Called Leaving Home, the project will mark the tragic loss suffered by the Beechey family, who were one of only a handful in the country to lose so many sons. BBC Radio Lincolnshire will broadcast the performances live or record them for later.

BBC Radio Lincolnshire's Managing Editor, Charlie Partridge, said: "The story of the Beechey boys reminds us of the unimaginable suffering endured by the war generation, and is a fitting focus for our First World War Centenary commemorations here in Lincolnshire."

There are three strands to Leaving Home. The first is a radio drama which will be recorded in theatres in Boston (14 July) and Louth (17 July) and will be broadcast in a series of short episodes throughout the week from Monday 28 July on BBC Radio Lincolnshire.

A second strand will include a concert performance at the Arboretum in Lincoln (26 July), which will be accompanied by the Royal Anglian Regimental Band in full military dress along with the RAF College Cranwell Military Wives Choir and a piper from the Scunthorpe and District Pipe Band. The concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio Lincolnshire.

Friesthorpe, where the boys' father was vicar until his death in 1912, will see the culmination of Leaving Home on 4 August. Fifteen students and professional actors will deliver a ‘promenade performance' as they move with the audience around the village and 13th century church. The performance will once again involve the massed ranks of the Royal Anglian Regimental Band, the Scunthorpe and District Pipe Band and the RAF College Cranwell Military Wives Choir.

Tickets to see any of the Leaving Home events are free, but are very limited. Early booking is essential and can be made by contacting the relevant box office:

14 July: Blackfriars Arts Centre, Boston: blackfriarsartscentre.co.uk or 01205 363108

17 July: Riverhead Theatre, Louth: louthplaygoers.com or 01507 600350

26 July: Arboretum, Lincoln: lpac.co.uk or 01522 837600

4 August: Friesthorpe Village and Church: lpac.co.uk or 01522 837600