Scottish War Blinded veteran performs in The Armed Man at Eden Court Theatre, Inverness

Posted: 19/11/2018 | Scottish War Blinded

A Navy veteran living with a visual impairment took to the stage in the Inverness Choral Society’s performance of The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace at the Eden Court Theatre in Inverness.

Jo Long, who is supported by Scottish War Blinded, sang in the show on Saturday, November 17, which featured choral works by Mendelssohn, Monteverdi and Palestrina alongside the flagship Karl Jenkins piece, and also starred guest soloist Lilly Papaioannou.

Jo Long (left) stands with Outreach Worker Mick Hilton in front of the Scottish War Blinded stand at the Eden Court Theatre

On the night, Jo’s performance was attended by several other Scottish War Blinded veterans from the area, who all have sight loss and were very proud of their fellow member.

And to top off the evening, Jo presented soloist Lilly Papaioannou with a Scottish War Blinded badge.

As one of the original World War One charities, Scottish War Blinded also ran a stand at the theatre, raising awareness of the charity’s work.

Outreach Workers for The Highlands, Mick Hilton and Sheena Menzies, shared information and advice on the support they provide to veterans with sight loss in the Inverness area.

Scottish War Blinded’s Director, Rebecca Barr, also journeyed to Inverness to join members at the concert, and commented that the performance was “very moving”.

The charity’s outreach workers in the area run lunch groups for members, in addition to support for individuals at home, including providing tablets and smartphones with training. Call 0800 035 6409 to refer a veteran to the charity.