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Marking the truce

12 December 2014

DID they, or did they not play football in no man's land on Christmas Day? It is a wonderful story of humanity between British and German troops on the first Christmas Day of the First World War, although doubt is cast on its authenticity. But there is no doubt that there was a truce between the soldiers who, until that morning, had been trying to kill each other.

Portsmouth Cathedral Choir will be travelling to Belgium this weekend to mark its centenary (though not on HMS Victory, however much these choristers might have liked it). On Sunday, they will sing two compositions, including Howard Goodall's "Do Not Stand at my Grave and Weep",as part in an act of remembrance at the Menin Gate. That morning, they will also sing in the RC Cathedral of Our Lady, in Antwerp.

They will be giving a series of concerts during their four days in Belgium, all with peace and remembrance as the theme.

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