Annual Festival of Remembrance, Saturday 1st November
Hadleigh Temple welcomed The HMS Nelson Volunteer Band and Corps of Drums for this year’s Festival of Remembrance. They were directed by their bandmaster, Nigel Jones, and counted in their number a couple of former leaders who wished to make a return visit.
The evening followed the well-established format, with Hadleigh Temple Band welcoming the guests with the march ‘Hearts of Oak’ before the two bands united to play ‘The British Legion March’ for the entry of the flags. The capacity audience then rose to their feet for the National Anthem.
Musical contributions from the HMS Nelson Band included a march medley featuring their Corps of Drums, and a ‘Tribute to Count Basie’. With the words displayed on the big screen, the sing-along selection ‘We’ll meet again’ (played by the united bands) proved very popular.
Hadleigh Temple Timbrel Brigade produced a scintillating display to ‘Goldcrest’, and the Singing Company captivated the audience with their singing in ‘What a friend we have in Jesus’ and ‘All there is of me Lord’. The Songsters contrasted the reflective mood of ‘We are not alone’ with the exuberance of ‘Joy because of you’.
The Band’s presentation of Eric Ball’s ‘The Triumph of Peace’ was accompanied by suitable words and images, and led into the address given by Mr Malcolm M’Clelland, from West Leigh Baptist Church. He made reference to the impact made by the ceramic poppies currently displayed at the Tower of London, a reminder of the scale of the lives sacrificed, and the impact on the communities represented.
Prior to the Drumhead Service, John Ashcroft gave a vote of thanks in his inimitable fashion, with a special mention for representatives of the Scouts Movement, who were attending for the first time. The Service of Remembrance itself was preceded by the united bands’ rendition of ‘Hymn to the Fallen’, and the ‘Last Post and Reveille’ seemed particularly poignant, played in unison by bugle and cornet.
Following the exit of the visiting standard bearers, the Salvation Army flags remained in place as the evening closed with the combined bands playing the march ‘Under Two Flags’. Hadleigh Temple is grateful for all work put in by Robin Bryant to make the event such a success, and the financial support of S Stibbards and Sons Ltd.