Thursday, 15 November 2018 22:24

Remembrance Weekend

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The weekend of the 11th November was a busy time for the band, taking part in Remembrance services and helping raise funds for the Royal British Legion's annual Poppy Appeal.


On the Friday evening the band joined with the pupils of Victoria Road School in a concert at the school which included music from the band, and singing and poetry from the pupils.

Sunday morning saw the band joining with our local community in Castletown in a parade and church service, followed by the laying of wreathes at the war memorial in Castletown Square. For the first time the band laid a wreath in memory of those from the town who had given their lives in the two World Wars. The honour was given to one of our younger members, Jake, who plays with our training band, Balley Cashtal Brass.

In the afternoon the band joined the community in Peel as they honoured the men from Peel who had died, again with a parade to Peel Cathedral for a Service of Remembrance followed by the laying of wreaths outside the cathedral, and then a march back to the Legion Club.

For 2 of our members it didn't finish there as they were out again in the evening playing Last Post and Reveille, one in Peel and the other on the hillside above the Creg ny Baa as part of the beacon lighting that was happening across the British Isles.

The band have a long association with the Royal British Legion, especially the Castletown Branch who recently celebrated their centenary with a concert at Castle Rushen High School. In front of the Lieutenant Governor, Sir Richard Gozney, the band were joined by the Southern Belles who sang a number of songs from the Second World War, and a number of pupils from the school who did instrumental solos. We were also honoured to receive an award from the branch for the support we have given over the last 100 years.


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