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Artists on the Tall Ship

Pauline McLean | 18:19 UK time, Friday, 18 September 2009

Good luck to all the performers involved in a very special charity concert this weekend.

Artists on the Tall Ship (otherwise known as the Glenlee on the Clydeside) features singers and musicians from Scottish Opera, dancers from Scottish Ballet and several local artists and photographers.

All were inspired by the story of Colonel Mark Wright, an Edinburgh-born soldier who was killed in Afghanistan three years ago this month.

His parents, Bob and Jem Wright want to honour his memory by establishing a drop-in centre for other bereaved families and also for the soldiers who do return home, but are traumatised by their experiences.

It's thought the centre, which is due to open in Edinburgh in November, would be the first of its kind in Scotland.

As well as the £4 million they need to establish the centre, they estimate they need £60,000 a year for running costs.

So far, they've managed to raise half of that figure.

The evening will be hosted by Colonel Stuart Tootal, author of the book Danger Close, which deals with his own experiences with the first unit into Helmand back in 2006.

Marion Hebblethwaite, whose book One Step Further highlights those who've won the George Cross over the years, will also speak.

One of the most recent recipients was Mark Wright.

Details of the event can be found at www.operafor.com

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