Newstead Brass lead region in Remembrance
Posted on Nov 12, 2017 by Mike Allcock
A large crowd in Hucknall welcomed Newstead brass as they led remembrance events in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire; the region joining the nation in remembering those who gave their lives in two world wars and other armed conflicts of the last 100 years.
Hucknall Parade and Service
On Remembrance Sunday morning the band led the parade from Hucknall market place to the Titchfield Park cenotaph passing through the pedestrianised town centre for the first time. The parade included veterans, civic dignitaries and local youth groups and were joined by a large crowd, estimated as around 2,000 townsfolk, for the act of remembrance.
Sarah Simpson, the band’s principal; cornet, sounded the last post and reveille and the band accompanied the hymns ‘O Valiant Hearts’ and ‘Abide with Me’. The parade then reformed with the band leading participants along Park Drive where the salute was taken by Richard Bullock, Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, representing the Queen.
Once the parade dismissed the band made a swift transfer to Derbyshire, where, after a swift fish and chip lunch, they assembled to lead an afternoon parade in Kilburn, Derbyshire. This parade included all the village young peoples’ groups and was led to the cenotaph by the band and the last post again sounded.
Continuing a Tradition
A band spokesman said, “Remembrance Sunday is a busy day for most brass bands around the country and we were pleased to be able to join with these two communities in their commemorative events. People may not be aware that Newstead brass was originally the Hucknall-Linby Miners Welfare Band, changing its name in 1987 when the pit closed and the band rehearsal room was demolished. In its various guises the band have led the parade for most of the last 40 years and its always a privilege to take part in such a well-supported event..”
Come hear the band
Newstead brass return to Hucknall later this month when they perform at the John Godber Centre to mark the centenary of the Women’s’ Institute in Nottinghamshire. Admission is not limited to WI members and all are welcome to hear the band’s programmes of tunes of the last 100 years recalling some of Nottinghamshire’s most famous sons and daughters, such as Eric Coates, William Booth, Jane Torville & Christopher Dean. Tickets are £8 and should be pre-booked from the WI County office 01636 673550.
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