Senior singers will make sure there isn’t a dry eye in the house at First World War commemorative show in Portsmouth 

Singers are going back in time to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Members of Fareham’s Fifty Plus Choir are taking part in Keep the Home Fires Burning, which is touring and comes to the New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth on Sunday. 

The Fareham Over-50s Choir at the D-Day Story to promote the First World War show Keep the Home Fires Burning 'Picture: Habibur Rahman

The Fareham Over-50s Choir at the D-Day Story to promote the First World War show Keep the Home Fires Burning 'Picture: Habibur Rahman

Sheila Javes, 83, and choir members headed to the D-Day Story in Southsea to promote the show, which contains many songs popular at the time. 

Included in the D-Day Story performance was the show’s title track. 

‘That is the track that I think will cause the tears, it’s beautifully done,’ said Sheila. ‘It’s sung first of all by one of their soloists with us humming underneath and then we join in towards the end.’

The new musical is touring the UK to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War, and uses a different local choir at every stop. ‘It’s about these three young chaps that are going off to war and it’s really about them going and the families left behind, the finale is actually in the trenches.’

‘I think that’s why we were contacted. We’re of an age group that all had family in the First World War, my father fought and we’ve all lived through the Second World War,' said Sheila, who is the musical director.

Another member who performed outside the D-Day Story was Irene Finigan, 90.

‘I was one of the founder members and that’s about 30 years ago. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done in my life, it keeps me young, makes me breath and it’s good, I thoroughly enjoy it and I have so many good friends in the choir.’

Irene’s attendance to the D-Day story was especially poignant as her husband, Tom Finigan, 93 was amongst those who landed in Normandy on the day. ‘He was 19 the day before D-Day, on the 5th of June and was the youngest in his company that landed on Juno Beach.

‘Some of his history is here, all of his history is in the Imperial War Museum, but some of it is here as well.’

Tickets for the show, which is at 7pm, are available from newtheatreroyal.com or on 023 9264 9000 and start from £17.50.