Show is dedicated to fallen soldier Jo

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A performance of Birdsong has been dedicated to the memory of a Lavenham soldier.

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

Last month, a stage adaptation of Sebastian Faulks’ Birdsong was put on at the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds, with one of the shows dedicated to Jo.

Alastair Whatley, the director and producer of the show, who went to school with Jo, invited his family to the production.

“It was a beautiful evening and it was a real tear-jerker,” said Jo’s father, Tony.

“I am always in favour of anything which helps prolong Jo’s memory.”

Following the performance, Mr Whatley highlighted the invaluable work of the charity Help for Heroes and encouraged the audience to donate. A total of £1,440 was raised on the night.