A performance poet has been commissioned to create an original verse as part of Eastleigh Borough Council’s commemorations to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Dave Hubble from Bishopstoke will pen a special verse as part of Eastleigh Remembers, a free family event paying tribute to Eastleigh’s role in the First World War. The event takes place on Leigh Road Recreation Ground on Saturday, September 15 from 11am to 5pm.

During the First World War, Leigh Road Recreation Ground was the site of a major clearing hospital for casualties during the 1914-18 conflict.

Leading up to the Eastleigh Remembers event, the performance poet will also host a series of workshops with Eastleigh school children on the theme of the First World War. The children will be encouraged to write a postcard, featuring a poem or a simple message, to an imaginary soldier or a member of the clearing hospital. The postcards will be displayed on the day, with some performed by Dave when he takes to the stage to read his own work.

The poem will also form the narrative for a piece of original choreography for Hampshire Youth Dance Company which will debut at the Eastleigh Remembers event.

“I’m delighted to have been commissioned to work on this project,” said Dave. “Many people do not realise the role Eastleigh played in helping the many soldiers who were injured in the First World War. This is a great opportunity to raise that awareness.”

Eastleigh Remembers is a day-long commemoration to mark the 100th anniversary of end of the First World War. A free family event, it will feature a re-enactment of a First World War Field Hospital plus vintage military vehicles and entertainment from WW2.  Entertainment throughout the day will include performances from international Dame Vera Lynn tribute artist Diane James, Romsey Old Cadets Carnival Show Band, Hampshire Youth Dance, The Lindy Club Swing Dance, the Spitfires (14th Eastleigh Scout & Guide Band), as well as military services and community stalls, storytelling, face painting, semaphore signalling and a display of knitwear through the ages.

Eastleigh Remembers takes place on Leigh Road Recreation Ground on Saturday, September 15 from 11am to 5pm. Entrance is free.

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