Aldershot Town FC and Aldershot Garrison’s Commander hosts a special outdoor carol concert on Thursday 4 December at 7.30pm to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the legendary World War One Christmas truce.
A Community Reflection Of The 1914 Truce, To Understand Our Friends The Enemy features the communal singing of classic carols, led by the Aldershot Military Wives Choir, The North East Hampshire Area Schools’ Young Singers (NEHYS) and Hart Male Voice Choir alongside readings from members of the local community and a short dramatic performance.
This peace and goodwill concert includes an excerpt of Our Friends The Enemy, a play which has enjoyed a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and was one of the highlights of the 2014 Aldershot Military Festival. Through the eyes of one soldier on the Western Front, it tells the December 1914 story of the spontaneous meeting in ‘no man’s land’ of enemy troops who sang carols, exchanged gifts and played football together.
Aldershot Town Chairman Shahid Azeem said: “This is a unique event, in the home of the British Army, and we are very proud to be hosting such a special night for the entire community. We invite everybody to join us to commemorate an amazing part of British history, and hope to fill the Electrical Services Stadium with song.
Admission is £2.50 for adults (accompanying children go free), including a souvenir commemorative programme. Both seating and terrace tickets are available, and – with an audience of over 4000 people expected – advance booking is recommended.