STEAM Museum will echo to the sound of well-known tunes of 100 years ago at a First World War commemoration today.

Children from local schools and older people who attend the Golden-Oldies Charity Sing and Smile sessions across the town will remember the sacrifice of those who died in the conflict.

Pack Up Your Troubles, Keep the Home Fires Burning and It’s A Long Way to Tipperary all feature in the programme which runs at intervals throughout the day.

Mayor of Swindon Junab Ali will start the proceedings at 11am.

Golden-Oldies helps older isolated people with weekly daytime singing sessions. With the support of Swindon Borough Council there are 10 weekly sessions in sheltered housing community rooms, which have been running for the last nine years. The charity also has an award-winning schools inter-generational scheme that engages with primary school children.

This year it is based on the popular songs of the First World War.

In September the charity celebrated the news that they had won the Education Category of this year’s prestigious National Lottery Awards.

November 11 this year marks, not only remembrance of those killed in wars and conflicts , but the centenary of the armistice in 1918 and a range of special services and events are being planned for the Swindon area.

A field of remembrance will be set up in Lydiard Park on November 9. There will also be a service at Radnor Street cemetery where there are Commonwealth War Graves on November 11 at 2pm.