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Remembrance 2009 - 8th & 10th November 2009

The build up to Remembrance Day was again a busy period for the band. As in previous years we took part in 2 parades on the Sunday, Castletown and Peel, and also took part in an annual Poppy Concert organised by the Castletown branch of the Royal British legion.

The weather was kind to us for the Sunday parades, cold but with bright sunshine and no wind. In the morning the band led the parade in Castletown from the Fire Station to the Methodist Church in Arbory Street, where those that had taken part in the parade joined the congregation for the Act of Remembrance, including a 2 minute silence and the Last Post and Reveille. This year the congregation included the island’s Lieutenant Governor, Vice Admiral Sir Paul Haddacks KCB and his wife. Following the church service, the parade reconvened and headed to the war memorial in the square for the laying of the wreathes.

In the afternoon, the band joined the people of Peel to lead their parade which started in Market Place, Peel and made its way to the Cathedral Church of St German for the Act of Remembrance.

In previous years the annual poppy concert has been held on the Friday before Remembrance Sunday in the Castletown Legion Club. This year it was delayed till Tuesday 10th November and was held in the Methodist Church in Arbory Street. The band were joined by pupils from Victoria Road School and Marion Shimmin who entertained the audience with some poetry recital. The concert was compered by the islands Chief Minister and local MHK Tony Brown and started with the band playing the Royal British Legion March as the branch standard bearers brought the standards in. This was followed by the first set of poetry and then followed by a mixed selection of music from the band, including the following:-

The Great Escape

Carrickfergus (solo played by flugel horn player Arthur Christian)

Best of the Seekers

Mister Sandman

Can Can (from Orpheus in the Underworld)

To give the band a rest the pupils from Victoria Road, led by teacher Jill Collings (and solo cornet player of Rushen Silver Band) provided further entertainment including singing and the playing of various tunes (Manx Folk, popular, and classical) on tin whistles, clarinets, violins, keyboard and a cornet.

The band then came on for a second session which included the following music:-

Aces High

Classic Oldies (arranged by JE Thirtle)

One Voice

Mary’s Boy Child (Boney M style)

Ellan Vannin

The concert was rounded up by another selection of poetry followed by the collection of the standards, again to the rousing sounds of the Royal British Legion March.

The band are always pleased to play their part in raising money for such a good cause.

Report by Brian Osborn 11/12/09

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