Love Letter Discovery Remembered in Song - 'Yours for Eternity' By Michelle Dee,
Postcard Images Courtesy Walter Leake.
When a battered tin box containing a bundle of old letters, was found in an attic, no-one would have guessed at the tragic tale of wartime sweethearts fighting against the gravest threat to their union: a story that had lain hidden for almost a century, waiting to be told.
A young courting couple, Henry Coulter and Lucy Townend from West Yorkshire, had their lives torn apart by the onset of World War I.
Their story came to light when more than a hundred love letters, dating back to the First World War, were discovered in a Birkby attic.
Postcard Image Courtesy Walter Leake.
Postcard Image Courtesy Walter Leake.
Henry Coulter trained with the 17th (Leeds) Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment.
He regularly wrote to his beloved Lucy from the camps referring to her as 'Beauty' and, 'the sweetest girl in the whole world'.
Lucy, who lived in Birkby, where the letters were eventually found, wrote back to her 'Darling Boy' about how she longed to be back with him again.
Sadly, Henry Coulter died in France in 1916 from his injuries, when a trench collapsed on him. Lucy's final letter was returned, unopened.
In this special anniversary year, Henry and Lucy's story has been commemorated by two talented musicians, Jasmine Kennedy and Danny Landau. BBC Radio Leeds commissioned singer/songwriter Jasmine Kennedy to put the letters to music.
The Batley musician set about writing a song that captured the passion and longing, which the war-torn lovers had expressed in the precious love letters.
The song, Yours For Eternity - the touching valediction written at the close of the letters - is written in two parts, with Jasmine casting herself as Lucy Townend, and Hull musician Danny Landau taking the role of Henry. In this way the tragic love story is brought vividly to life, so many years later by a new generation.
Yours For Eternity
Look North. DirectorMichael WoodJasmine Kennedy alongside Danny Landau performing Yours For Eternity - the love story of Henry Coulter and Lucy Townend, separated forever by the war.
'What a pleasure and a moving experience it was to work with Jasmine and the BBC in the WW1 project.
Thanks to everyone involved and for all the feedback we have had.
Condensing 100 letters down to a song was never going to be an easy task, I hope everyone else is as pleased with the outcome as I am. Thank you Look North, BBC and of course Jasmine Kennedy.' Danny Landau
The song Yours For Eternity was played on BBC Introducing (West Yorks.) by new music champion Alan Raw.
The full story was broadcast on the West Yorkshire regional news on BBC Look North on Friday night.
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