Remembrance Day Parade – A Special Thank You

Haslington’s 2014 Remembrance Day parade last Sunday was very well attended by local people who gathered in front of the memorial to pay their respects and to remember those who lost their lives through conflict. Many local people and organisations support and help to organise this important annual event but I think we would all agree that the musicians who come together every year to provide the music and who perform so very well, deserve a special mention.

This year for the first time the musicians’ coordinator was Neil Barnett from Winterley Band who has asked that I publish the following:

Remembrance Sunday – a special thank you to the musicians.

Each year the Remembrance Sunday parade in Haslington is led by a ‘scratch’ band. For many years Wyn Barnett has assembled a group of volunteer musicians to lead the procession to the village cenotaph. Unfortunately due to ill health he is no longer able to take part in the annual parade, and our special thanks go to him for all the work he has done during the last fifteen years to ensure that a band is available to play on the day.

In addition to musicians from Cheshire East, this year some members of the band had travelled from as far away as Staffordshire, Shropshire and Flintshire in order to play in Haslington on 9 November. Our thanks to them for choosing to support the parade in Haslington, rather than one in their own local community.

The honest reality of a ‘scratch’ band is that the musicians have not rehearsed together prior to the parade, but hopefully the quality of music performed helped to create an appropriate and respectful atmosphere.

Finally, if you know of any experienced brass players, or even a corp of drums, who would be available to join the parade on Sunday 8 November 2015, please ask them to email or one of your local parish councillors.

‘At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them.’

PoppyPlease Note: The photo at the top is from the 2013 procession and shows Wyn leading the parade