A SONGWRITER has been made a celebrity ambassador for an animal war memorial.

Adrian Warwick is a songwriter, lyricist and poet from Danbury who has had a string of hits, including consecutive number ones in the classical charts.

The artist and animal lover became associated with the War Horse Memorial after co-writing the anthem A Million Tears.

The song is set to be released as a single to launch the first International War Animal Remembrance Day on February 24.

Adrian, who lives with wife Jo, has now received the honour of becoming a celebrity ambassador for the memorial.

He joins a prestigious group of artists, including actress Jenny Seagrove, Britain’s Got Talent winner Colin Thackery and acclaimed soprano Christina Johnston.

The War Horse Memorial is the first national memorial dedicated to the millions of horses, mules and donkeys lost during the Great War.

The organisation’s giant bronze monument of a war horse, unveiled in Ascot in 2018, has led to the reintroduction of the purple poppy emblem to raise money for animal sanctuaries and military charities.

Adrian says he is honoured to have been asked to become a special ambassador.

He said: “This is such a worthy cause.

“The purple poppy symbolises animals lost in war but by remembering them through the sale of pin badges we are able to support organisations that currently help worthwhile animal and military causes.

“I hope our song will resonate with people across countries and help generate vital funds.”

Alan Carr, co-founder of both the War Horse Memorial and the Animal Purple Poppy Fund, says he is delighted Adrian has agreed to join the team.

He said: “Ours is a cause that is growing in strength. Since the Covid pandemic more and more people are realising the importance of animals in their lives.

“What has happened to tens of millions of horses, donkeys, dogs, cats and other animals over countless wars needs to be remembered and honoured.

“With A Million Tears, Adrian and his co-writers Mark Young and Grahame Maclean have produced a powerful anthem that makes that important connection.”