Kirkbymoorside Town Brass Band led the Armistice Centenary Commemorations in Kirkbymoorside and across the world yesterday, 11th November 2018.
As always the band lead the town procession from the British Legion to all Saints Church where Principal Cornetist Jeanette Kendall played the Last Post. A Kirkbymoorside Town Brass Band cornetist has played the last post there since the first Armistice in 1918, indeed for 44 years it was John Sails who has since moved to the Soprano Cornet position in the band.  After the Church service the band lead the procession back to British Legion where they played a concert for the town and guests, including Deputy Lord Lieutenant Philip Ingham, Brigadier Michael Perret Young, Parade Master Rupert Foster and the Town Mayor Angus Ashworth. At the concert they played Flanders Field by Gavin Sommerset, the piece was particularly poignant as 2 members of the band went to Flanders, John Bowes unfortunately died of wounds he suffered there and Tom Medd (pictured, 3rd from right in full uniform) who returned. Infact 5 members of the band fought in World War I, as well as John Bowes and Tom Medd there was Bugler George Medd, Charles Rickaby, who survived and carved the memorial cross in the graveyard and Joe Hugill.
It was with these past “Kirkbybanders” in mind that the Band gathered at Pump Hill at 6.55pm to lead the world in the Official Battle’s Over Commemorative Last Post.
Battle’s Over, is an international commemoration marking 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of World War I . Organised by Pageantmaster Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, it saw events throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, and at scores of locations overseas, including New Zealand, Ireland, Australia, Bermuda, France, Belgium, Canada, the United States and Germany, to name but a few.
Kirkbymoorside Town Brass Band was one of 1000 locations sounding the Last Post and with 34 Players from all 6 of their bands (aged 7 -80+) was the single biggest group in the world to play together. Emma Smailes from the Band:
“We are so proud to be playing a part in this historic international event to commemorate the centenary of the end of the Great War, and to recognise the contribution and sacrifice made by the men and women of Kirkbymoorside. We particularly remember those members of Kirkbymoorside Band who went to fight. We hope they would be proud that the band they played in is leading these commemorations”
The event was again attended by Deputy Lord Lieutenant Philip Ingham, Brigadier Michael Perret Young, Rupert Foster and Nigel Richardson from the British Legion. It is particularly poignant as the band move forward with their new Hall in Manor Vale as 2018 also marks the centenary of the Band being there. Whilst some of its number went to fight the remaining band worked for the war effort at home and played numerous fund raising concerts, in 1918, fearful for the future of the band, they personally dismantled and moved the Bandroom to Manor Vale by hand where the band has been ever since. Emma Smailes “We hope that that Kirkbymoorside Banders such as Bb Bassist and Wheelwright Dan Maw, who secured the home of the band in Manor Vale, would be delighted to see our new hall being built there 100 years on”
Battle’s Over – A Nation’s Tribute was devised and planned by Pageantmaster Bruno Peek. He has organised major royal celebrations and international events for more than 36 years and has been working on Battle’s Over for more than four years.
“It’s wonderful to see the event being embraced by so many organisations and communities in this country and around the world. The centenary of the end of the Great War is an opportunity to acknowledge the enormous sacrifice made the millions of men and women who died or were wounded, as well as those who worked tirelessly at home in our fields and factories. It has been a privilege to work on this project with the support of so many amazing organisations said Peek.”

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