A County at War – 4th August










100 years ago on August 4th, Great Britain declared war on the central powers. To pay tribute, the Three Rivers Chief Executive and I attended a commemoration day event for the outbreak of WW1. It was organised by The Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire and the Countess of Verulam at The Rex Cinema, Berkhamsted. At the cinema, I watched the premiere of “A Country At WarLife On The Home Front in Hertfordshire”.


The DVD could be acquired by making a donation in aid of Keech Hospice Care which supports seriously ill children in Hertfordshire. The film was very moving and used archive material from across Hertfordshire. We learnt about many things that happened in Hertfordshire during the First World War. To be part of one of the many events happening in the UK today was important.

There was also a live performance by members of OVO Theatre company based in St Albans. We were able join the vocalists in a rousing rendition of the following:

  • It’s along way to Tipperary
  • Good-bye-ee
  • Take me back to dear old Blighty
  • If you were the only girl in the world
  • Roses of Picardy
  • Keep the home fires burning
  • Abide with me
  • Pack up your troubles
  • There’ll always be an England.

OVO Theatre Company from St. Albans – www.ovo.org.uk

Keech Hospice Care – http://www.keech.org.uk/


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