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Last post for marching band

End of the road: Lancastrian Brigade Band and Drums who are stopping their marching processions after 30 years. Below a band member plays The Last Post Remembrance at Cenotaph

End of the road: Lancastrian Brigade Band and Drums who are stopping their marching processions after 30 years. Below a band member plays The Last Post Remembrance at Cenotaph

Members of one of Lancashire’s most loved bands are hanging up their marching boots after more than 30 years.

The Lancastrian Brigade Band And Corps Of Drums, a voluntary military band, based in Preston, was formed to maintain the musical traditions of the eight infantry regiments, that formed the Lancastrian Brigade, in the north west of England.

But now, with members feeling a little bit older than they were, the band has been forced to hang up their boots and pack up their instruments and call time on the marching part of their repertoire.

David Redmand, who plays the tuba in the band, said: “We’re all getting on a bit now so we’re not going to march any more.

“It is becoming more and more difficult to recruit new members because youngsters aren’t being taught music in school as much as they used to when I was a lad.”

Over the years the band has marched in Mayoral processions, Remembrance Day events and thousands of other civic events.

This year they marched the new Guild Mayor, Coun Car Crompton, into and out of Guild proceedings.

David, 63, of Wateringpool Lane, Lostock Hall, Preston, met his wife, Wendy, through marching bands where the couple both play brass instruments.

However, the train controller, who works at Preston railway station, said though the band will no longer march in processions, they will continue to perform at some concerts.

He said: “Those of us who carry the larger wind instruments, such as myself, will now mainly concentrate on concerts.

“We’ve done a great deal of them in the past - even a country and western night if you can believe it - and they always go down a treat.”

The band played in their final march as part of the Remembrance Day service at Preston’s Flag Market on Sunday.

David said; “It was lovely to support the forces for a final time.

“Some of the older guys who used to play with us came to see us and one chap said he had a tear in his eye when he listened to us.

“Nothing last forever I suppose.”

 

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