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Festival of Remembrance, review: More significant and more moving with each passing year

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As the autumn leaves turn to sludge outside the Royal Albert Hall, offering a dim memory of summer, so the old soldiers with their medals and their families gathered inside were a reminder of much older times, times of valour and sacrifice in battles long past (and not so long past).

As with every Festival of Remembrance, this one highlighted some notable anniversaries.

The 100th anniversary of GCHQ and the tireless efforts of the codebreakers at Bletchley Park were marked, as was the 75th anniversary of titanic battles of 1944, including the allied offensive at Monte Cassino and the heroic efforts to repel the Japanese at Kohima and Imphal.

We would hear testimonies from many survivors of these…

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