27 NOVEMBER 2018


Some of our IN THE PINK team

THE screenings for the IN THE PINK film have finished for the time being.  There were 15 screenings at venues throughout the Gaunless Valley and it was shown to 725 people.  We were delighted to receive visitors from Edinburgh, Jedburgh, Manchester, Reading, Derby and elsewhere in the north east.  We paid visits to 6 primary schools and provided talks on the Zeppelin Raid, Tommy’s Kit and the Attestation [recruitment] Procedure.  Copeland Primary School visited the display at the West Auckland Memorial Hall and in total we spoke to 225 school children.  We have gained new details on 26 servicemen and have new contacts.  We are delighted at the attendances and the reception given to the film.

We had singers and performers at Butterknowle Village Hall, West Auckland Memorial Hall, the Cornerstone Christian Centre and Evenwood C. of E. Primary School. Rosie Anderson wrote and performed a special song in tribute of Sally Smith [Fred Smith’s wife] which was greatly appreciated by all who heard it particularly members of the extended Smith family.  We helped Enter CIC, a County Durham based performing arts group, with the script for their production “OVER THE WIRE” which was performed to capacity audiences at Etherley Methodist Church.  Our primary school children provided displays of remembrance in their schools and took part in remembrance services in their villages.  We assisted, together with others, to create poppy memorials throughout Evenwood Gate, Evenwood, Ramshaw and High Etherley including special memorials St. Paul’s Church and Etherley Methodist Church which helped create an environment of remembrance in our villages.

Thanks to all concerned particularly the Heritage Lottery Fund and its local staff, the Teesdale Action Partnership, Crackin Toast for producing the film, all those involved with the showing of the film, providing entertainment and refreshments at the Village Halls, schools and churches and those of you who attended and made this project worthwhile and so special.

We shall not forget.

DVD of the film and a complimentary book: SOLD OUT

A copy of the complimentary book IN THE PINK can be read here.  I have corrected a few mistakes.  Private R. Kirkup who is commemorated on the Cockfield War Memorial has been correctly identified as Private Ralph Kirkup American Expeditionary Force who was killed in action 13 October 1918 and is buried at Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, France.

The film can be viewed online:


How about posting some favourable comments?  You don’t have to be a member of vimeo – anyone can post a comment if you’d like to.

There’s also 3 trailers and the links are:

1] Main Film Trailer:


2] About the artwork:


3] About the people involved:




All worth a look.

We have other projects in mind which we will announce once we’re in a position to do so.




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