There was a collective sigh of relief at this evening’s annual Festival of Remembrance when the traditional two minute’s silence finally commenced after the onslaught of the ‘popular’ songsters introduced to bring the 1914-18 Great War bang up to date.
It’s not often that the start of the solemn moment is met with a cheer from the audience at the Royal Albert Hall however the pain and suffering inflicted by the bombardment of howitzers from Pixie Lott and Rod Stewart took many onlookers back poignantly to the horrors of trench warfare and the cease fire brought about by the silence was greeted with much the same delight as the signing of the Armistice all those years ago.
A spokesman for the British Legion admitted “In retrospect Rod Stewart’s rendition of ‘Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?’, however harrowing, may not have been entirely appropriate” however he insisted that anything was better than a return of the Military Wives choir who were killed off for this year’s ceremony.
“It’s important that we continue to cheer up the Remembrance Day commemorations with music stars and celebs because it can be depressing to dwell too much on the past and detrimental to the TV ratings,” he continued. “Next year we are planning to have the Chelsea Pensioners take part in a Strictly style Dance Off.”