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This is the new blog of the Plugstreet Archaeological Project.


   A Great War themed project exploring sites around Comines-Warneton and Messines in Belgium.    The project is being led by members of No Man's Land - The European Group for Great War    Archaeology and the Comines-Warneton Historical Society.


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More Music and Dance

Saturday, August 14th, 2010
 
       

Martin was away in Brittany with Chippenham Town Morris last weekend. He discovered that after he had told the news of Alan Mather’s identification to the rest of the side in July they had gone to the pub and drunk a toast to Alan.
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Also while away Martin and Dave C were asked to sing “Band Played Waltzing Matilda” by the Squire (boss) in memory of Alan. It wasn’t up to June Tabor’s standard but was equally felt.
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http://www.chippenhammorris.com/

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On Larks Ascending

Saturday, August 14th, 2010
 
       

One of the major elements that the project wished to pursue at its inception was a multi-disciplinary approach. To this end, in addition to the archaeological survey and fieldwork, there have been components such as photography, art and music.

Some may remember the visit of the renowned Wagnerian opera singer, Sir John Tomlinson (the Wotan of his generation!), to site in 2007. This summer another opera singer, Amanda, visited. She had performed a stirring rendition of ‘Advance Australia Fair’ at Alan’s funeral and it was our privilege to show her round the excavations.

James and Martin provided a musical evening at the Peace village with small pipes and mandola (and such hits as ‘Follow me ‘ome’) whilst another astonishing element was occurring back in the UK

At the hour of Alan’s burial, the famous folk singer June Tabor was singing three songs in his memory; ‘the Reaper’, ‘Long, Long, Trail’ and (for he is now at peace), ‘Waiting for the Lark’. June had been moved by Alan’s story and it was very special that she wanted to sing in his memory – the last song chosen as Alan was now ‘at peace’. Those not familiar with June’s beautiful voice and her association with the Great War can listen to some of her work on the link below.

http://www.greatwar.nl/frames/default-music.html

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