A PLAY penned by an army veteran will be performed as part of Armistice commemorations on November 9.

Nellie’s War is a monologue from the point of view of a mother in the First World War. It will be performed by promising Manchester-born actress Katie Boltain at Salterbeck Royal British Legion in Workington.

Roy Muir, who wrote the play, served as a private in the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment between 1964 and 1974. He toured the world during his tenure, seeing South Africa, Northern Ireland and Malta.

Roy, of Whitehaven, is also a published poet. One of his works was featured in a poetry collection called Timbo The Elephant .

Roy published his first poem back in 1984. The work was called The Soldier , a true story about a homeless soldier.

He has since worked the idea into a script which has garnered interest from a British director and local actors.

Nellie’s War approaches the First World War from a woman’s perspective. Roy conducted a lot of research into people’s experience of The Great War as well as using his own experience.

He said: “I wrote it and my wife edited it.”

“We also went to Heaton Park where they had a big festival about the First World War. We got a good few ideas from that.”

Proceeds raised will be donated to the Royal British Legion in Saint John's Court.

This is not the first time Roy has aided the community.

He and his wife have worked with a charity called Nightstop, which helps homeless young people.

Volunteers shelter a homeless young person for a night.

Tickets for Nellie’s War can be purchased for £5 at the venue. There are two showings of the play, one at 2pm and another at 7pm.

For further details, contact Roy Muir on 07804 487045.