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Band Awards 2012

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19/10/2012 Band Dinner and Awards

This years annual band dinner and awards was held at The Pavillions in Port St Mary on Saturday 24th November. The evening was opened with a welcome from our Musical Director Rodney Evans who gave a short round-up of the last 12 months, which has included over 50 engagements, the band’s building  project, and Willie Kneale being awarded the BEM, as well as great support from our regular supporters.

Guest of Honour was Brigadier Norman Butler and Mrs Butler. Following the meal, in his speech, he recalled numerous occasions when he had been in attendance when CMSB was performing, including the band “being the mainstay of the Veterans Day for many years”. At the end of his speech the Band Secretary, Simon Court, presented the Brigadier with a pewter spirit flask. 

Other guests included the Chairman of Castletown Town Commissioners, Kevin Weir and his wife, Ian Cottier and his wife Linda, and Billy Dickinson, brother of the late Malcolm Dickinson. The band’s building project has largely been financed by Malcolm’s Estate, without this bequest it is unlikely that the new building could have been progressed. The band is most grateful and will acknowledge this fact during opening festivities.

The awards were then presented (see here for pictures) and baskets of fruit were presented to a number of people:

Gina Fappiano, Margaret Bailey, Marjorie Kelly, Lorna Evans and Audrey Ennett to acknowledge their sterling work for the band

Mention was again made of Willie Kneale being awarded the British Empire Medal. The band were delighted that Willie received this honour, and to mark the occasion, he was presented with an engraved pewter spirit flask.

There was also an award made to Ken Furniss who received a certificate to mark his 22 years service with the band and to acknowledge his retirement from active duties. Ken responded with a short speech saying how much he had enjoyed his 22 years, how much he valued the friendship of the band and that he was as committed as ever to the band.

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