Lee Montague, Michael Palin and Robert Powell raise thousands for Keats library
- Credit: Nigel Sutton
Tales of local life during the First World War helped to light up a star-studded Remembrance event.
Veteran actor Lee Montague was joined by fellow thespian Robert Powell and Monty Python legend Michael Palin for 1914-18: Memories, an evening of readings from the Great War.
The audience heard wartime poems, letters from the front line, historic extracts from the Ham&High, and joined in with memorable songs of the day.
Mr Montague, 87, who organised the evening at the Royal Free Hospital’s Peter Samuel Hall, said: “I think it did what one intended it to do – a mixture of humour and comment on the time.
“It went extremely well I think; the Ham&High stories got a lot of interest because they were local and people could connect.
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“It was nice that the paper just carried on with life, rather than bringing distressing news all the time.”
The evening raised nearly £4,000 for Keats Community Library, in Keats Grove, South End Green.
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Trustee Mr Montague, who lives nearby in South End Green, says it needs about £60,000 a year to keep going.
Upcoming fundraisers include the annual literary quiz on December 18 and a talk by patron Melvyn Bragg on January 29. Visit keatscommunitylibrary.org.uk.