Saturday, 26 January 2013 09:56

Castletown Carnival 2012

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Yet again this summer, all eyes were on the sky on the evening of Saturday 5th August. As the band and crowds gathered at Victoria Road School in Castletown for the annual Castletown Carnival, a few drops of rain threatened to put paid to the parade. However, these came to nothing and the parade went ahead.


Saturday, 26 January 2013 09:39

Southern Agricutural Show

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Amongst all the rain this summer, everyone was hoping that we might get one good weekend of weather for the Southern Agricultural Show which was held on 28th and 29th July at Great Meadow, just outside Castletown. And the prayers weren’t mis-placed. A lovely sunny day ensured that the event was a success.

Saturday, 26 January 2013 09:32

Tin Bath Championships

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This years World Tin Bath Championships were blessed with glorious sunshine, almost a first this summer! As usual the band were the warm up act and played for an hour before the races got underway. The occasion was also special for the band as it coincided with National Brass Band Day, a day in which brass bands all over the British Isles take part in events to promote the brass band movement. It was also an opportunity for the band to get involved in ‘Brass the Baton’, part of the Cultural Olympiad which has been organised to run alongside the 2012 London Olympics.

Saturday, 26 January 2013 09:18

Laa Columb Killey

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The weather did its best to disrupt proceedings at the 100th Laa Columb Killey in Ballabeg on Thursday 28th June. Like the rest of the British Isles the Isle of Man has suffered from a wet summer so far. However the people of Ballabeg and Colby rallied round and prepared the field, erecting marquees and putting up bunting.

Saturday, 26 January 2013 09:09

Mona's Queen Memorial

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The Isle of Man Steam Packet ship Mona’s Queen played a vital part in the Dunkirk evacuations 70 years ago, when, along with 7 other Steam Packet ships, they rescued 25,000 soldiers, 1 in 14 of all troops brought back to Britain. She had already made one trip, rescuing 1,200 soldiers, when she was sunk by a mine on her second trip to the beaches.

Saturday, 26 January 2013 09:03

Peel Pensioners 2012

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In the first concert of 2012, on Wednesday 22nd February, the band had its annual pilgrimage to the Peel Pensioners Club and took the members on a trip around the British Isles, with a little excursion over the English Channel to Paris. The programme chosen by Rodney Evans (Musical Director) had pieces from England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, France, and, of course, the Isle of Man.

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