Festival of Remembrance: Royal Albert Hall

LLANELLI’S MP Nia Griffith, who serves as Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, attended a number of local and national events to commemorate the annual Act of Remembrance and the centenary of the Armistice which marked the end of World War One.

Representing the official Opposition in Westminster, Ms Griffith attended the Royal British Legion’s Festival of Remembrance in the Royal Albert Hall and, with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, a commemorative WWI service in Westminster Abbey over the weekend.

As well attending a number of other national commemorative events, the Llanelli MP participated in local events including opening Llanelli Youth Theatre’s project with local schools to commemorate WW1.

Ms Griffith also watched their performance of “Oh What a Lovely War” in the Ffwrnes Theatre last Friday.

Nia Griffith MP said: “It has been a privilege to attend so many commemorative events in the past week, as we remember all those who gave their lives for our country in past conflicts and the signing of the Armistice 100 years ago.

“Here in Llanelli we have been privileged to have a very enlightening series of annual lectures by Lt Col David Mathias detailing the history of the war. Llanelli Youth Theatre have been working with local schools on a project exploring aspects of the war and culminating in a very thoughtful, vibrant display of work in the Ffwrnes Theatre. This has coincided with their lively and thought-provoking performances of ‘Oh What a Lovely War’.

“I have also attended a number of very moving national events in my role as Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary. As well as the WWI service at Westminster Abbey and the Festival of Remembrance in the Royal Albert Hall, I attended a commemorative football match between the British and German women’s army teams and the culmination of the ‘Never Such Innocence’ school poetry, art and song project at Buckingham Palace last week.

“Also significant was the participation of the German President both at the Cenotaph and with a reading at the service in Westminster Abbey, and similarly the gathering of world leaders in Paris. It is important to remember that commemorating the armistice is also about peace and reconciliation, and renewing our determination to strive for a more peaceful world.

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