Last Post to get modern treatment under WW1 centenary plans
A Government-backed scheme to mark the First World War centenary will see hundreds of modern arrangements of the Last Post performed, featuring instruments like bagpipes, guitars and steel drums
Pilot projects are already planned in Bradford, Bristol, Haringey, in London, Knowsley, in Merseyside, Cramlington, in Northumberland, and Portsmouth, where the local festival choir, which will stage choral versions of the Last Post and other bugle calls.
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Mr Pickles, who on Thursday attended a Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate, in Ypres, Belgium, said: “The poignancy of The Last Post is something that everyone in Britain recognises as a way of remembering those who lost their lives in war in service to this country fighting for liberty.
“This is a fitting time to bring that music back home, closer to the heart of communities and use it to remember the remarkable role so many local people played in the First World War.”
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The Last Post itself far predates the First World War. The bugle call was used in British Army camps to mark the end of the day’s labours and the onset of the night’s rest.
It was also sounded at the close of a day in battle, when it signalled to those who were still out and wounded or separated that the fighting was done, and to follow the sound of the call.
From these uses, it has come to represent a final farewell to the fallen at the end of their earthly labours and at the onset of their eternal rest.
It is still sounded at military funerals and commemoration ceremonies, including, nightly, at the Menin Gate, in Ypres, which honours the dead from the First World War fighting around the town.
It has been performed every evening there at 8pm since 1928 – apart from the four years of German occupation during the Second World War.