Exclusive short story by Michael Morpurgo to be presented at Passchendaele Centenary in July 2017

Passchendaele

 

A new short story by Michael Morpurgo the author of Private Peaceful & War Horse will be presented to mark the Centenary of the first world war's battle of Passchendaele.

From Farm Horse To War Horse, Michael Morpurgo's exclusive story which he wrote primarily for the Passchendaele event that will take place on 30th July 2017 at the Cloth Hall in Ypres in Belgium will be accompanied by an appearance by the horse puppet Joey from the National Theatre stage adaptation of War Horse.

Extracts from Ian Hislop and Nick Newmans play The Wipers Times, about the satirical newspaper produced by troops fighting around Ypres, will also be performed at the commemorations in Ypres.

As part of the commemorations the Cloth Hall in Ypres will display Images from the war that will be projected onto the town’s Cloth Hall. There will also be Interviews from war veterans, nurses and loved ones.

The Last Post ceremony that has taken place every evening since 1928 at Ypres’ Menin Gate, which is inscribed with the names of more than 54,000 soldiers whose bodies were never found or identified will follow.

On the 31st July 2017 there will be a ceremony at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s Tyne Cot cemetery, where thousands of descendants of the men who fought in the battle will attend.

Resources: theguardian.com.

To find out more about the First World War History school trips we offer, visit schooltours.co.uk/school-trips/history.

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