Tuesday, 01 July 2014 22:36

Armed Forces Day - Report

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It was nice to see the bands on the island co-operating on Sunday 29th June and coming together to help commemorate Armed Forces Day. Players from Castletown Metropolitan, Rushen Silver, Ramsey Town and the Manx Youth Band combined together to lead the parade of 150 veterans and 40 serving personnel along Douglas Promenade from Regents Street to the Villa Marina. It was also good to see a large crowd lining the route.

Once the procession had reached the Villa Marina and made it's way into the Royal Hall, a church service was held with music provided by Manx Concert Brass. This was followed by a concert, again in the Royal Hall, given by Castletown Metropolitan Silver Band to an audience of around 200 people, who enjoyed a range of music including the march Punchinello, Cry Me A River (soloist Brian Osborn), Amarillo, and an arrangement by Major Thirtle entitled Tunes of the World Wars which gave the audience a chance to join in and sing along with Roll Out the Barrel, Quartermaster Stores, Ship Ahoy and Lili Marlene.


Players from Douglas Town Band would also have been in the marching band but were unable to attend as they had a previous engagement in Ramsey.


Other groups then took over the entertainment including the Festival Choir who performed part of the Armed Man by Karl Jenkins.


The bands next 2 engagements are Wednesday 8pm at St Catherines in Port Erin, and Monday 6.30pm at St Johns as part of the Tynwald Day Celebrations. Hope to see you there.

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