Musical festival will be commemorating outbreak of WW1

ORGANISERS of Hastings Musical Festival will be commemorating the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Entrants will be able to compete in two special classes of poetry reading and songs from the First World War.

Both classes will be held on the evening of Tuesday, March 11 as part of this year’s three-week festival and costume will be encouraged.

Molly Townson, the festival’s chairman, said: “We will be delighted to accept more entries for these classes, with all entry fees being donated to the 2014 Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

“The new Geoffrey Sands Memorial Trophy will be presented for the highest mark in either class.”

For more information the Hastings Musical Festival 2014 programme will be online in the first week of February at

The First World War was sparked by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to Austria-Hungary’s throne, in June 1914 in Sarajevo, Bosnia.