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Remembrance Weekend

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The weekend of 12th, 13th and 14th November brought the usual busy Remembrance period for the band, with a Poppy Concert on the Friday evening, and parades in Castletown and Peel on the Sunday.

The Poppy Concert this year was held in Morton Hall in Castletown and attracted a good audience. The entertainment consisted of poetry reading by Michael Lees, singing and poetry by the pupils of Victoria Road School, and of course a selection of music performed by the band.

The evening was opened by the island’s Chief Minister, Mr Tony Brown, in his capacity as the towns MHK, followed by the entrance of the Royal British Legion Castletown Branch standard and the RAF standard carried by a local Air Cadet, to the strains of the march The British legion. Then came the first of two sets of poems by Michael Lees which were based around the obvious theme of war and remembrance and included such well known ones as For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon and In Flanders Fields by John McCrae.

The band then played its first set of pieces starting with the march Fame and Glory followed by a euphonium solo by Pat Collins, Suo Gan, Whistle Down the Wind and then Hymn to the Fallen. They closed this first session with an old favourite, Hootenany.

The audience was then entertained by the pupils from Victoria Road School, led by Jill Collins. They performed a mix of styles including the full choir singing, a whistle ensemble, and choral speaking both in English and Manx Gaelic. This was followed by an interval, time for more raffle tickets to be sold!

The band started the second half with the march Blaze Away and then a flugel horn solo, Loves Old Sweet Song, played by Arthur Christian. This was followed by As Time Goes By, with the band finishing off their performance with Fantasia on British Sea Songs.

Michael Lees then came back on and did his second set of poems, again based around war and remembrance and included High Flight by Pilot Officer Gillespie Magee, No 412 squadron, RCAF, who was killed on 11 December 1941 aged 19.

Remembrance Day, Sunday 14th, saw the band taking part in Remembrance Parades and Services in Castletown and Peel. The parade in Castletown was slightly affected by the weather with rain falling just before Last Post and Reveille and the laying off wreaths at the War memorial. However, the afternoon faired better with the band in Peel and another parade this time with no interruptions from the weather.

Report by Brian Osborn 20/12/2010

Photographs by Julie Watterson

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