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Delighted Jean’s First World War play proceeds handed to Legion

PLAYWRIGHT Jean Rogers has seen the proceeds of her tribute play in Eastergate presented to a charity.


She watched as Father Martin Powell, the retiring vicar of the Aldingbourne, Barnham and Eastergate parish, handed over the £1,428 cheque.


It was received by Colonel Arthur Merrick (Retired), chairman of the Royal British Legion in Sussex, to put towards the charity’s work with veteran and serving service personnel.


The presentation took place at St Mary’s Church in Aldingbourne after Mr Powell’s final service as its vicar.


Jean’s play, Our Local Lads, was performed to a sell-out audience in Eastergate Village Hall on remembrance weekend to commemorate the centenary of the First World War’s armistice.


It told the stories of several men from the Six Villages who fought in the conflict and the struggles faced by some of the families of those who died.


Mr Powell helped Eastergate resident Mrs Rogers to create the compelling images and sounds in her show as well as portraying Aldingbourne’s vicar from 1888-1920, the Rev Walter William Kelly, to help to bring the stories to life.

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