Lancaster war tales through music

Harp and a Monkey.
Harp and a Monkey.

A Lancaster village specially built in 1919 for disabled veterans and their families is one of the remarkable venues for a series of concerts marking the centenary of the First World War.

It will take place at The Westfield War Memorial Village in Lancaster which is now occupied by veterans of the Second World War, Korea, The Falklands, Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

Acclaimed Lancashire-based folk trio Harp and a Monkey has teamed up with Arts Council England and the Western Front Association for this major musical project. The concert on Saturday August 22 is for veterans living there today.

Harp and a Monkey plans to expand the project in 2016 and already has a number of unusual sites with Great War links earmarked for future shows around the UK. They will also be making a documentary of the project for broadcast later in the year.

Martin Purdy, lead singer for Harp and a Monkey, said: “Westfield village has an atmosphere and back story that is very much its own, and it is a place that I know the wider community is rightly proud of.”

Another concert is planned in a bomb crater on Holcombe Moor, near Ramsbottom. The crater is next to the local Peel Tower landmark and will take place on Sunday 
August 23. Admission is free and it starts at 2pm.