For what is believed to be the first time ever, ‘The Last Post’ has been played at a mosque.
The rendition took place at the Royal British Legion’s (RBL) East Surrey Poppy Appeal launch at Baitul Futuh Mosque.
It was attended by veterans, local school children and members of the local Muslim community.
Jim France, the RBL’s manager, spoke about the moment’s significance: “We can’t find any record anywhere of there ever being any music played in a mosque at all, so we are eternally grateful to the Imman and community here in the mosque for allowing us to do that.”
The RBL has had a relationship with the mosque for the last 15 years since several members volunteered to man a poppy stand at a local supermarket.
Jim France said that since then their relationship has gone from strength to strength: “We now have a very good relationship with the mosque and it plays into our theme this year which is, ‘Remember Together’, where the Legion is asking people to remember those from different communities that supported the UK during both World Wars and in conflicts since.”