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The Menin Gate

By Brian Shaw

The Menin Gate

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Hear an interview with Brian and songwriter John Hawkins on BBC Essex with Peter Holmes on the weekend Breakfast show

on the 8th or 9th November 2014.

This is a charity song to commemorate the fallen of the first world war. Proceeds will go to the Royal British Legion in the uk.

This song was written following an emotional visit to the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium in 2012.
The Menin Gate is 125 feet long! with the names of 54896 of the fallen who have no known graves on the walls of the gate and every night since 1927 ( except during the 2nd world war when the service was held in England) there has been a service held there featuring buglers ( who play the last post), and sometimes marching bands.
When I visited there were 2 marching bands (Grenadiers and a Scottish pipe band, and the "gate" was packed with visitors - a very moving experience which inspired me to write the song.

John Hawkins