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Band Dinner and Awards

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06/11/2010 Band Awards

The annual dinner and prize presentation was held on Saturday 30th October at Port St Mary Golf Club. The Pavillion Restaurant was packed with 100 band members, friends and supporters, including guest of honour for the evening, Mr Noel Cringle, President of Tynwald who was accompanied by his wife Mary. Chief Minister, Tony Brown and Mrs Brown were also in attendance as were Mr Ludford-Brooks and Alwyn Collister, both representing Castletown Town Commissioners.

The evening commenced with Musical Director Rodney Evans giving a resume of the band’s activities in the last year, which had begun in February with the Annual Subscription Concert.  Unfortunately, the weather had played a major part in proceedings, a heavy snowfall on the morning of the concert preventing some of the players taking part, and no doubt influencing the potential audience. Nevertheless, the concert, and the weekend of rehearsals under the direction of David Horsfield was very much enjoyed by band members. 

In April, at Castle Rushen High School, the band took part in a joint concert with Wyre Brass, a Championship Section Band.  We have had a long association with Paul Andrews, their Musical Director, but this was the first time the Band had visited the Island.  The visit was arranged by Pat and Margaret Collins, and extremely successful.

At the end of April, Ramsey Commissioners granted freedom of entry to the Town to the crew of HMS Ramsey.  The Band provided the music and took part in a parade through the Town in what was truly an historic event.

The summer of 2010, in terms of weather conditions, was very good, and helped make many of the larger events a success for the organisers. The band played at Laa Columb Killey, the Tin Baths Championships, Southern Agricultural Show, Port Erin Regatta, and the Mooragh Park.  A new venue, in Callows Yard, Castletown, also proved a success, with a ‘come and try it’, following one of the concerts leading to the recruitment of another percussion player.

During the year, the band have raised funds for other local charities, the IOM Anti-Cancer Association, Castletown Over 60’s, and the Hyperbaric Chamber. The band also played at Billown House gardens on the occasion of Viscount Linley attending a Hospice funding raising event.

Rodney said that once again the band had been very busy supporting the local community, and in return the band received excellent support from the community. Rodney thanked the band members for their commitment and support, and especially thanked Simon Court, band Secretary, Bob Astill, Deputy Musical Director, and Pat Collins for their assistance during the year.

An excellent meal was once again served by the Pavilion Restaurant.

At the conclusion of the meal Mr Cringle was invited to say a few words. He spoke about the support the band gives to the community, which is very much appreciated, and also the enjoyment that the public derive from the band. Mr Cringle said that the Island is well known for its community music, and he hopes this will continue.

He was then invited to present the bands awards for the year:

Following on from the awards, Band Secretary presented Noel and Mary Cringle with a box of locally made chocolates to acknowledge that they had recently celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary.

The Band thanked Noel and Mary for attending the dinner, Chief Minister Tony Brown and his wife Rachel were also thanked for their support as were Mr Collister and Mr Jeremy Ludford-Brooks of Castletown Town Commissioners.

A good evening was had by all.

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