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Celebrity Cast At London Church WW1 Charity Commemoration

                                                                                                             Wednesday October 17 2018

CELEBRITY Scottish stars are among the cast of a special charity stage production commemorating the end of WW1 at one of the Church of Scotland’s London churches this weekend.

St Columba’s Church in Pont Street will play host to Feeding The 50,000, a specially commissioned play to mark the centenary of the Armsitice. The production uses first-hand accounts and music to poignantly retell the story of the congregation’s wartime hospitality to over 50,000 First World War soldiers.

Actors James Cosmo, David Robb, Gordon Kennedy, Phyllis Logan and folk singer Isla St Clair are among the guests taking to the stage to re-enact the story of the congregation’s amazing effort to feed and entertain Scottish troops returning home from the front. Members of the congregation realised many of the men had never visited London before and often had to wait more than 18 hours for connections home. The congregation scouted the stations looking for soldiers and offered them a place of comfort at the church, where they could wash, rest, eat and be entertained.

The congregation’s story features in a new book – Scots in Great War London, which was published to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Both the St Columba’s congregation and Crown Court, the church’s other key presence in central London, are members of the Scots in Great War London Group.

Tickets for the show, which takes place on Saturday October 20 at 3pm and 7.30pm, are available through Eventbrite (Scots in Great War London) or by emailing

The performance is suitable for children aged 10 or over and the tickets cost £15 for adults, £5 for under 18s and £10 for OAPs.

All proceeds from the production will be donated to the charity, Poppy Scotland.


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