The Band marched on to the Parade to the solitary tap of the snare to take up their position and to await the arrival of the Queen’s Representative, The Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Colonel Edward Bolitho OBE and other civic and military dignitaries. After the short wreath laying service and Act of Remembrance the Rifles set off at their rapid Light Infantry marching pace! The Band then moved into position in front of the Royal Navy Division to lead the parade out of the square to the Cathedral. Always a proud moment to enter Boscawen Street to the waiting dignitaries and crowds and rewarding for us all to receive spontaneous applause!
After the Service during which the ‘Pipe Major’ played the lament, Lochaber No More, the Standards were marched back to the British Legion where we played into the club and entertained the guests with a few tunes before tea and a buffet to finish the day in a sociable way.
An important and poignant day in the Band’s calendar.