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STREET theatre helped to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

Friends of Shoreham Fort and members of the Southwick Players were among those taking part at Worthing Pier on Saturday, August 2.

A marching brass band and the street theatre were linked with a showing of the 1969 film Oh! What A Lovely War at the Pavilion Theatre.

Sharon Penfold, secretary of Friends of Shoreham Fort, said they were ‘doing their bit’ in affiliation with the Royal Sussex Living History Group to keep history alive.

“On behalf of Worthing Film Club, Shoreham Fort provided outdoor displays to gain public interaction and interest in the film showing and hopefully raise some funds for the Queen Alexandra Hospital Home with the rifle drill practice,” she explained.

“The living history group also had their World War One Lewis and Vickers machine guns on display inside the Pavilion Theatre.”

Actors from the Southwick Players, which performed Oh! What A Lovely War live on stage earlier this year, were there in the clown costumes from the play.

Southwick Players performed in the open air on the promenade and then moved inside for a performance in the Denton Lounge, followed by a performance in the Pavilion Theatre just prior to the screening of the film.

President Nigel Bubloz said: “We were extremely pleased and proud to be asked by Worthing Film Club to be part of this tribute to those who fell in the First World War.

“Our original production at The Barn Theatre in Southwick earlier this year was an extremely moving and poignant experience for all involved.

“We selected a cross section of excerpts to perform at the weekend to include pathos, drama and humour.”

Liz Smith, from television series The Royle Family, was in the front row and joined in enthusiastically with the song Sister Susie’s Sewing Shirts. She later signed autographs for the Southwick Players.

There was also a temporary recruiting office and guided walks, led by Chris Hare, along the First World War timeline on Worthing Pier.

 

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