This years annual Royal Marines Band concert took place on the afternoon of Sunday 15 July 2018 at the Deal Memorial Bandstand on Walmer Green. The Portsmouth ‘Royal’ Band was conducted by Lt Col Jon Ridley RM for the first time, as Nick Grace retired last year, and was assisted by Capt Andy Gregory RM.
The weather was wonderful with glorious sunshine and a warm breeze, and present this year was the CGRM Maj Gen C R Stickland OBE, also present was our MP Charlie Elphicke, the mayor of Deal Cllr Nick Tomaszewski, local dignitaries, invited guests and relations of some of those killed that terrible day.
The excellent ‘Victory Wartime Band’ got the estimated crowd of over 8000 in the right mood with great sing-a-long songs before the main event.
As usual a fabulous selection of music was performed by the band, with solo performances, including songs from the bands very professional singers, and not forgetting of course the fantastic Corps of Drums.
During the interval we were treated to a fly past by a Spitfire from the RAF BBMF which got everybody out of their seats and waving their flags.
The second half included the Rededication of the Bandstand, when a hush descended over the many thousands as the Rev Seth Cooper led the service to remember the eleven young and talented musicians who were murdered by the IRA on 22 September 1989. This was followed by the ‘Last Post’ ‘Reveille’ and the laying of wreaths. The rousing flag waving final included ‘Royal Britannia, Land of Hope and Glory, Hearts of Oak’ and the regimental march of the Royal Marines ‘A Life on the Ocean Wave’.
On completion of the event a cheque for £1000 was presented to the CGRM in the club by our branch treasurer and membership secretary Anita Walton,on behalf of the Branch and club for the RM Charity.
Our thanks go to all those who ensured the day went well, especially Sue our stewardess and her hard working girls behind the bar, the ladies who ran the bottle tombola,the members who manned the entrance and the security team.