Watch Mark Knopfler perform the Last Post for the fallen Remembrance Day
Rock legend Mark Knopfler honoured fallen war heroes as he performed a moving guitar version of the Last Post.
Mark, who grew up on Tyneside, dedicated his performance to the 17,000 Northumberland Fusiliers killed in the First World War.
The rendition was part of a centenary music project organised by community group Superact, which will see events held between November 4 to 18 to mark 100 years since the start of the Great War.
Mark said: “The First World War left its mark on families throughout the UK, and throughout the world.
“It is important to remember the sacrifices made, and to think about why wars happen.”
Having gone to school in Blyth, Mark dedicated the Last Post performance to the Northumberland regiment, which suffered more casualties in the war then any other.
The Last Post is a famous ceremonial call within the British army and Mark’s version promotes the 200 free commemorative events that are being funded by the Heritage Lottery from next week.
At each event the Last Post will be played on different instruments in tribute to people connected to the area whose lives were impacted by the war.
Superact’s Virginia Crompton, who is behind The Last Post project, said: “This is a creative project enabling people all over the UK to explore local World War One heritage and reflect on new interpretations of this piece of music that has become indelibly linked to remembrance.”
Author and comedian Ben Elton is also backing the project and added:
“I would play the Last Post for my German grandfather who spent four years fighting in the trenches.
“Twenty years later he was a Jewish refugee on the run from the country he had served, seeking sanctuary from the country he had fought.
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“It is important to remember the war and its impact on soldiers and civilians alike.
“The Last Post project is an invitation for everyone to take part in the First World War centenary.”