Despite a wet start to the day, the weather came good for the Lantern Parade and lighting of Whaley Bridge Tree in the station forecourt, where the Band played for the Nativity Service, and then more carols in the Mechanics Institute Christmas Market.
Our busy Christmas season started at Trinity Church with a concert on the Sunday afternoon of their Christmas Tree Festival. The display of trees was fantastic, surpassed only by the resplendent Christmas jumpers sported by the back row cornets, a new high in seasonal attire.
Many thanks to Chris for helping us out on BBb bass.
As well as accompanying the hymns for the morning service at the Cenotaph in Whaley Bridge Memorial Park, the band performed a selection of marches as the congregation assembled. Our two principle cornets played the Last Post and Reveille, Javan Carrington in the park and Aiden Quinn at the concurrent service in the Uniting Church.
In the evening our Centenary Concert delighted a capacity audience, who after a cautious start and with a bit of encouragement from Sheila, joined in the community singing with enthusiasm.
The concert ended with the Nightfall in Camp, always a moving piece but especially so this year. One more time Javan and Aiden performed The Last Post, together this time, in harmony with the rest of the band playing Lead Kindly Light. They well deserved their standing ovation.