John Gibson: This will be a night to remember

Arctic convoy sailors. Pic: comp
Arctic convoy sailors. Pic: comp
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Far enough away, you’d think, but the Edinburgh Festival of Remembrance at the Usher Hall on November 9 will be with us before you can say There Was a Soldier. That’s the night before Remembrance Sunday.

Says Bill Phillips, producer and musical director for the event which this year has the Lord Provost’s support: “The Usher admittedly must seem small time compared with the Albert Hall’s 5,000 capacity for the similar event in London. Nonetheless, we’ve removed the front six rows of the Usher Hall’s 1,500 seats to accommodate some of the participants. We’ll slant a lot of the evening on the Arctic convoys and combat stress.” Adds Bill, from Durham and an Ednburgh resident since 1967 when he came up to specialise in dentistry at the dental school and the Royal Infirmary: “We’re particularly pleased to have reputable Scot Donald Maxwell come up from London to sing for us. His repertoire will include Scottish Solder and a rousing Keep Right On to the End of the Road.”

Have a memorable night when it comes, Bill. Tickets will be available at the Usher Hall.

Afterwords . . .

. . . “I frame all the political cartoons about me. When they call me ‘Doris Karloff’ I answer the phone ‘Hello – Doris’”. Ann Widdecombe. Good for Ann. And can I have the next dance?