Lyme Regis remembers: 2019

Remembrance Sunday in the town today was attended by large numbers of young and old, who processed through the town into the parish church for a moving service. Councillors, members of youth groups, police, lifeboatmen, majorettes, coastguards and firefighters were amongst those represented. The band, joined by Alex on the organ, accompanied the large congregation in several well-known hymns plus one new to us: Michael. Wreaths were presented: the band’s being carried forward by Sandra, our secretary. The band also contributed to the event with a voluntary: Mozart’s Ave Verum.

Following the service a short ceremony was conducted in the town square. Steve played the Last Post and the band led the singing of the National Anthem.

It’s a piece of cake

Is it just our band or do all bands like cake? If an army marches on its stomach perhaps a band thrives on its birthday cake…

This week it was Geoff’s turn to be feted with this splendid offering.

Lots more birthdays, please, folk – especially on Tuesday nights.

Crumbs!

The band’s hard-working rehearsal this week in preparation for our forthcoming Christmas concert was happily helped along in the break with this magnificent collection of cup-cakes served up by Enzo to celebrate his birthday. Enzo is an enthusiastic member of both the training and main bands – currently its youngest. Lots more birthdays like this one, please, Enzo!

Last night on the prom

The summer season drew to a close this week with our traditional final evening concert playing the band’s ‘top ten’ favourites. It was a lovely night – warm after a bit of earlier rain to remind us autumn’s nearly here. The crowd was fantastic, entering into a real party spirit, particularly on our ‘Crazy Little Thing’ performance where they join in on percussion.

Caroline joined us on euphonium (left above alongside John) and old band friend Roger made an appearance (right top) on tambourine! Nigel made a thank you speech (lower left) and star collector Robert was presented by Paul with an end-of-season certificate (bottom right).

A wonderful night to go out on. Now it’s back to the rehearsal room…with one eye on Christmas!

Special moments on the prom

It’s not just been musicmaking down on Marine Parade this last fortnight…

The really exciting news has been the celebration of the marriage of Rachel and David. David is our Musical Director. The band presented the happy couple with a specially made card and an inscribed photo album (left). The band and audience were subsequently honoured (right) with the newlyweds dancing to the band’s performance of L.O.V.E. It was a great moment.

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We were delighted to welcome (left, with David) two young holidaymaking players for the evening: Hattie and Mim. Come again next year, please, ladies!

We also took the chance to thank one of our most reliable collectors, Josh, for his efforts this season. Paul our chairman presented him with a certificate and edibles (right). Thank you, Josh and mum Annette, for indefatigable duties shaking those yellow buckets so successfully week after week.

Three wise men

We were delighted to welcome a longstanding friend of the band, David, back into the ranks on Tuesday. For some years David has taken his annual summer holiday in Lyme Regis – and he always brings his bass trombone and always joins us for a performance or two. Here he is pictured along with our regular bass trombonists Geoff and Jonathan. They made an impressive sight…and sound! Great to see you back, David.

Another longstanding band supporter is Nigel, who lives locally and very often joins us as an enthusiastic “Encore!”-urging member of the audience. This week was Nigel’s birthday – we gave him a card!

I got rhythm

A large crowd convened tonight to listen to our performance despite or perhaps because of slightly unreliable looking skies. They were an enthusiastic lot especially when David and Ellis invited participants to join in the percussion accompaniment to our rendering of Crazy Little Thing Called Love. (Another photo by Annette).

Kilmington Garden Party

There was a real village-at-its-best feel to this event in the attractive garden alongside the New Inn. Lots of families enjoyed the sunshine, ate and drank, played various games, supported all sorts of sideshows…and listened to the band.

We were lucky to have the company of a number of visiting players who had travelled some distance from the likes of Burnham on Sea to be with us….thank you to them.

Our final thanks go to Dylan, Geoff’s dog, who joined us for part of the afternoon: impeccably behaved and clearly brought up very sensibly by Geoff to be a quality music lover.

Happy Birthday, Robert

The band is often asked to play ‘Happy Birthday’ to members of our audiences and we are always more than happy to oblige. Last night on Marine Parade, however, was a bit different in that it was the turn of Robert, another (see previous post!) of our most popular and loyal young collectors. Robert was sung and played to and presented with a birthday cake on behalf of the band by Daisy, daughter of Steve, our cornet player.

The photos of Robert and Josh were taken by Josh’s mum, Annette.

RNLI Songs of Praise 2019

Another lovely sunny Sunday afternoon saw us contribute to this annual event, part of Lyme’s Lifeboat Week. Five hymns were interspersed with readings and prayers. A really striking component of the event was the standard of singing – clearly lots of people in the crowd wanted to be part of something worth listening to.

Our photograph is of Josh, one of our most reliable and popular collectors. Usually he is to be seen with one of our band buckets but here he is valiantly standing in the sun collecting for the worthy RNLI cause.