Battle of the Somme Film Night

On a stormy Friday night (4 November) about 170 people came from far and wide to the special screening of ‘The Battle of the Somme’, organised by the Scotland (North) Branch and shown in Forres Town Hall. Unable to secure an orchestra to play Laura Rossi’s score live, we had to rely on the recorded version on the disc supplied by the Imperial War Museum, however, such was the excellent quality of the images and the accompanying sound provided by the Film Forres group’s equipment that the film still made a great impact.

Following a short refreshment break, during which images of the Western Front both during the war and today were projected onto the screen, we had a half-hour performance by the Kinloss Military Wives Choir, where audience participation was the order of the day.

After a few words from Lieutenant-Colonel Grenville Johnston, Lord-Lieutenant of Moray, we held a short act of remembrance where his counterpart from Banffshire, Clare Russell, gave the exhortation, the last post was played and a minute’s silence held in memory of all those who served during the Great War.

An excellent evening was subsequently rounded off when the proceeds were counted. Despite entry to the event being by donation only, more than £500 was raised after the deduction of expenses and this has been equally divided and given to the benevolent funds of the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force.


The Kinloss Military Wives Choir and their musical director, Brian Smith, at the Scotland (North) Branch’s screening of the Battle of the Somme film