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World War 1 Commemorations - 04/08/14

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Although the band weren’t actively taking part in any organised events on the 4th August for the World War 1 commemorations, there were a few members of the band participating at venues across the island.

Principle cornet Brian Osborn, and trombonist Willie Kneale (not playing), were taking part in a ceremony by the War Memorial on Douglas Head erected to commemorate the moment 100’s of Manx men left the island on one of the Steam Packet ships after having enlisted in the armed forces.


Representatives from the navy, army and air force ex-services associations, along with their standards, and a good sized gathering of the public listened to the Rev Brady remind everyone why they were there and then take part in singing It’s a Long Way to Tipperary, Pack Up Your Troubles and Ellan Vannin.

 A wreath was also laid at the memorial by Haydn Waddington who’s Great Great Great Great Grandfather was amongst those that left the island to take part in the Great War. Haydn was proudly wearing the medals awarded to his ancestor.


Then as the Steam Packet ship Ben My Chree slipped through the entrance of the harbour on her way to Heysham, the Last Post and Reveille was sounded.


However, congratulations must go to flugel horn player Arthur Christian who must have been one of the busiest musicians certainly on the island, if not in the British Isles. He was providing the Last Post and Reveille for an event which invited the young people from each parish on the island to lay a wreath of fresh poppies at all of the island’s war memorials. The event, which was organised by World War 2 veteran Hector Duff and a group of local people and businesses was split into 2, with 1 group travelling south and the other north. Arthur was in the south contingent and visited the following memorials (also see map)

Kirk Braddan
Malew Castletown
Arbory Church
Rushen Church
Patrick Church
St. Johns.

Both contingents finished at St Johns where there was a service of commemoration at the National Memorial with music performed by our colleagues in Crosby Silver Band.


There are a number of other events planned, including Island During the Great War at Cregneash on Sunday 17th August, and an event at Castletown Railway Station on Saturday 23rd August.


Map showing the locations of commemorations on 4th August 2014 attended by Castletown Band members

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