The third annual Remembrance Concert by Eastbourne Silver Band is on Sunday November 2 at 2.30pm at Our Lady of Ransom Church opposite the Town Hall.
The first concert, held in 2012, came about due to the cancelling of the annual concert that was staged at the Congress Theatre for many years but which, sadly, had to be discontinued due to dwindling attendances and ever increasing overheads.
A spokesperson for the Eastbourne Silver Band said, “The band realised that, without something other than the annual War Memorial Service in Cornfield Road, many local residents would not have the opportunity to pay their respects as, due to advancing age and infirmity, standing in the cold at the War Memorial would be neither a beneficial or wise option for them.
“To this end the concert was carefully designed to fill that gap and allow not only the older generation but also the younger people of the area, both to express their thanks and pay their respects to loved ones whose lives had been lost and to the many thousands that had sacrificed themselves in the cause of freedom around the world over the years.
“The Remembrance Concert is now almost a fixture in the band’s calendar and, this year, it will be attended by the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex and Mrs Field, Eastbourne’s mayor Janet Coles, Colin Belsey, chairman of East Sussex County Council, some local councillors and Colonel N Richards, the president of the Ex-Service Association and representatives of the emergency services.”
The concert will include a varied selection of favourite music, songs and guest items which will then lead into a short period of remembrance and reflection, including the parading of the standards.
The concert, devised by the band’s director of music Geoff Broome will be compered by Margaret and John de Waal and includes items by the choir, Julian Dale and Pipe Major Andy Gregory as well as music and solos by the band.
Admission is free with refreshments in the Parish Centre afterwards. For details visit www.eastbournesilverband.co.uk