World War One at Home

As we come up to the 100th Anniversary of the start of World War One, this week the BBC launched World War One at Home broadcasting over a thousand powerful stories all linked to specific places across the country – in a way never told before.

BBC Midlands Today will tonight feature a story from Hereford. It’s a very emotional story of a charity concert organised in April 1916 to raise money to buy things for the members of the Herefordshire Regiment who were serving in Gallipoli. There were 40 performers, mainly young girls whose fathers were serving in the regiment. The theme was Winter Wonderland and the girls were dressed as Eskimos and snow maidens in costumes made of cotton wool. A fire started, rumoured to be from the spark of a discarded cigarette, and the girls costumes caught fire. Six girls died on the night and two died later of their injuries.

Becks was asked to bring this sad story to life and was interviewed at Widemarsh Children’s Centre during her Zumba Kids and Parents class.  We will also be dedicating our Easter Workshop to these young girls that sadly lost their lives by doing what they, like we love, dancing and performance.


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