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Picture Gallery: Commemorative play tells of Friesthorpe family tragedy

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The story of a family torn apart by the horrors of the Great War had a poignant retelling to mark the centenary of the conflict.

Amy Beechey watched her eight beloved sons go off to the war - only three returned.

The boys’ father was the Rev Prince William Thomas Beechey, Rector of Friesthorpe, until his death in 1912.

And it was in this quiet village near Faldingworth their story was told in three promenade performances of ‘Leaving Home’, part of series of events produced by BBC Radio Lincolnshire and the Lincoln University School of Performing Arts.

Walking the lanes they would have walked and in the church where they worshipped, the audience watched the story unfold to its tragic conclusion.

And director and writer of the piece Andrew Westerside was pleased with how it had been received.

“I wanted people to feel the power of the story and the wealth of emotion flowing through that family,” he said.

“There has been good verbal feedback, but the best judge is seeing people moved to tears by what we have produced.”

As well as the actors, the story was further enhanced by music from the Royal Anglian Regimental Band, RAF Cranwell Military Wives Choir and a lone piper from the Scunthorpe and District Pipe Band.

“I have become quite attached to this place and to this family. I think it will be quite hard to let go,” added Andrew after the final performance.

And the performances have been filmed to be aired at a later date.

 

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