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Laa Columb Killey - 25/06/09

The weather was kind to this year's Laa Columb Killey, with bright warm sunshine being the order of the day. The afternoon festivities started with a parade from Ballabeg Church Hall, with the band leading, followed by the float carrying the princess and her attendants, and all the children in fancy dress.

The band played the march Death or Glory by R.B.Hall continuously all the way from the church hall to the fair field. No mean feat in that heat!

Once on the fair field the band led the singing of the anthems (Manx National Anthem and God Save the Queen) and the hymn We Thank Thee Lord, For This Fair Earth, sung to the tune Crofton. This was followed by the opening speeches and some fine Manx dancing by Arbory School, which gave the band members a chance to get their breath back.

From there the afternoon followed its usual format, the band playing for about an hour before breaking to enjoy the famous Laa Columb tea. During this first stint the band played the following music

Tijuana Taxi - arranged by R Evans

Great Little Army

A Swinging Safari


A Beatles Medley

Y Viva Espana

The tea was just as good as in previous years, the table being full of plates of sandwiches, cakes and scones. As soon as a plate was nearly empty another full one appeared as if by magic! Well done and thanks to the ladies in the tea tent.

Our second stint started at 6pm with the band playing a number of pieces including

Aces High

Best of the Seekers

Parade of the Tin Soldiers

We finished the afternoon with the selection Oklahama, an apt finish to a wonderful afternoon.

Our thanks go to Charlotte and Ian Bell, colleagues from Rushen Silver Band, who came along to play with us.

Report by Brian Osborn - 12/07/09

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