Band plays part in remembrance ceremonies

Kira Roberts playing The Last Post at Alford remembrance ceremony
Kira Roberts playing The Last Post at Alford remembrance ceremony

Three members of Alford Silver Band were on duty to play the Last Post and Reveille at local Remembrance Services on Sunday.

Principal Cornet Andrew Taylor performed the role at the Skegness ceremony.

Kira Roberts, who celebrated her 15th birthday last week, stepped in to ensure that the band’s home town, Alford had a bugler at it’s ceremony.

And flugel horn player Mike Green was the bugler at Chapel St Leonards, where he also holds the position of parish clerk.

“Playing Last Post and Reveille can be a nerve wracking experience,” explained band chairman Martin Briggs, who has performed the role on numerous occasions.

“It’s very difficult to pick up an instrument cold, particularly when you are outside, and hit the right notes in front of a large crowd at a time when you are very definitely the focus of their attention. But it is a significant honour to do this in remembrance of our fallen heroes.

He added: “We are particularly proud of Kira who normally plays the euphonium, a vastly different instrument from the bugle, and who has very limited experience in performing these bugle calls in public. She did magnificently, and ensured that the Alford Remembrance Service was properly served.”

Kira, who is a member of the Army Cadet Force wore her cadet uniform for the service.

The band will be performing its annual Remembrance Concert at Chapel Village Hall, Sea Road tonight (Thursday) with the performance starting at 7.30pm. Tickets, £5, available on the door.

The highly popular local band has performed a Remembrance Concert in Chapel St Leonards for many years by popular request. The concert will have a diverse programme including ‘proms’ style pieces as well as modern arrangements of popular tunes. And with the wit and humour of musical director Steve Walker thrown in, a good evening’s entertainment is assured.

Further information about the band’s future engagements can be obtained from the band secretary, Jane Taylor on 01507 466330, email secretary@alfordsilverband.co.uk or at www.alfordsilverband.co.uk