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Castletown Poppy Concert

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This year's annual poppy concert in Castletown was held for the first time in the new extension to Victoria Road School, and as in previous years had contributions from Castletown Band and the children from Victoria Road School. However, this year we were also joined by our colleagues from Rushen Silver Band.

The concert was introduced by Tony Brown and started with The British Legion March as the standards were paraded in. This was followed by Castletown's set which consisted of the march The Red Shield, an arrangement of Ave Verum, the flugel solo Carrickfergus played by Arthur Christian, and finishing with Hymn to the Fallen from the film Saving Private Ryan.


A group of Castle Rushen High Shool students, The Freelance Players, then recited a number of poems written during World War 1, followed by children from Victoria Road reading out the names of those from Castletown who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War 1. Then, to take us to the interval we were entertained by the Victoria Road students who sang and danced to tunes from both world wars. Thoroughly enjoyed by the large audience.


The second half started off with Rushen doing their set, including the tenor horn solo Over The Rainbow played by Emma Parsons, Alan Fernies' Pro Patria Mori and a collection of Songs from the the Great War.


Both bands then came together to conclude the concert by playing the last movement from Variations on Laudate Dominum, a great ending to the concert.


Of course, the reason for the concert was to raise money for the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal, and we're pleased to able to say that £822 was raised on the evening.


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