Show is dedicated to fallen Bury St Edmunds soldier

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Audience members at Bury St Edmunds’ Theatre Royal on Friday saw Birdsong - a play set during the First World War - dedicated to a fallen Bury St Edmunds soldier.

Lance Corporal of Horse Jonathan ‘Jo’ Woodgate, 26, was killed by an insurgent’s grenade while on foot patrol in Afghanistan in 2010.

He was from Lavenham but born in Bury and was taught at Great Cornard Upper School before joining the Army Foundation College in 2001.

Alastair Whatley, director and producer of the show, went to school with Jo and invited his family to Friday’s production, which he dedicated to Jo’s memory.

Mr Whatley also highlighted the valuable work of the charity Help For Heroes and encouraged people in the audience to donate.

More than £1,410 was raised on the night.

Help for Heroes offers comprehensive support to those who have suffered life-changing injuries and illnesses whilst serving our country.

A spokeswoman for the charity said: “The money raised by the hugely generous public has been used to support our wounded, but there is still so much more to do. Soldiers, sailors and airmen who are injured today will still need our support tomorrow and in the days that follow, for the rest of their lives. They are still battling and we won’t let them battle alone.”

Anyone wanting to help boost the theatre’s total should contact the H4H Donations Team directly on 01725 514130 using Birdsong, Bury St Edmunds, as a reference.