Leicestershire Brigade takes to streets of Whetstone

By Mollie Mansfield

Leicestershire’s Church Lads’ and Church Girls’ Brigade played their Remembrance Day respects on Sunday, November 13.

The band took to the streets of Whetstone in their annual marching band to show the respects to those lives lost at war.

Paul Brown, 31, Band Master said: “I have marched on a Remembrance Sunday every year since I was five-years-old, but this year was one of my favourite years.”

The band set off at 10.15am on Dog and Gun Lane in Whetstone before returning to the Parish Centre to play the national Remembrance Day performance of ‘The Last Post’. Trumpeters Gavin Dilks, Jacob Strang and Charlotte Monk played the song whilst others stood for their two-minutes of silence.

Paul said: “As ‘The Last Post’ played I saw the young people dip their heads and stand to attention. It was honorable and made all the effort of organising the event worthwhile.”

The march included performances of ‘Slaidburn’, ‘Bridge too Far’ and ‘Red Rock March’.

Paul said: “I am proud to be part of the group. All of my team work so hard throughout the year in rehearsal so it’s great to see them performing together.”

Paige Copeland, glockenspiel player in the brigade, added: “At the end of the parade you feel proud, you’re part of something that’s so well respected and feel like you’re doing your bit to honor the lost.”

As an organisation, Paul said they regularly make sure they are showing respect in any fitting way, whenever they can.

“Our young people visited the graveyards in the Somme and laid crosses on past Brigade members’ graves. One of our members approached me and told me that they found a grave of a fallen Brigade member who was only 15 when he died.

“This had a hard hitting impact on the young person who was almost reduced to tears” said Paul.

The ‘Church Lads’ and Church Girls’ Brigade’ is a national youth organisation, with Brigades up and down the country, including Whetstone.

Whetstone’s Brigade encompasses a variety of performers, with sections including brass and bells, with the musicians aging from 10 to 32 years old.

The Brigade has partaken in numerous competitions around the country, and have also performed as part of the parade in Disneyland Paris, this July.

Church Lads and Church Girls’ Brigade rehearses in the Parish Centre every Wednesday from 6.30pm until 9.30pm in preparation for oncoming performances.



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