Just Druid in conjunction with Wakefield Civic Society 

The Angel of Passchendaele

Tuesday, 3 July, 2018
Matcham Auditorium, Theatre Royal Wakefield
The Angel of Passchendaele

The evening will comprise the following:

Drinks reception in The Centre for Creativity.

1st half:

Readings and songs by pupils of Wakefield High School about Nellie Spindler followed by a screening of Futility (the film lasts for 20 mins)

Film about one man's horror at the battle of Passchendaele in 1917, where half a million men died in 3 months. Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan will read the letters sent home from the trenches of Passchendaele with narration by Lt General Jonathon Riley CB DSO. The film also features the poetry of Wilfred Owen considered to be the leading war poet of his generation.


2nd half:

Presentation followed by a screening of The Angel of Passchendaele (the film lasts for 20 mins)

Staff nurse, Nellie Spindler was tragically killed in a First Aid Clearing station positioned just behind the front lines at Passchendaele. Although aware of the danger from enemy bombing, Nellie stayed at her post and did her duty in helping nurse injured and wounded soldiers. She is buried at the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery. She is the only woman amongst 10,000 allied soldiers buried there.

The film will include letters, photographs and presents sent from France to her family in Wakefield over a hundred years ago. Plus memorial pieces created by school children from Nellie's old school, Pinders Primary in Eastmoor.

Guests of Honour: Members of Nellie Spindler's family will be present along with David Dinmore MBE, Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire and the Mayor of Wakefield.

Box Office: 01924 211 311

Minicom (text-type users): 01924 215 522

Theatre Royal Wakefield, Drury Lane, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF1 2TE

Wakefield Theatre Royal and Opera House was designed by Frank Matcham and opened in 1894.