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VE Day 60th Anniversary Tribute

Parc & Dare Band and the Band of the Grenadier Guards May 2005

This project was the first in a series of events that the band was to organise in conjunction with Treorchy Town Centre Forum and Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council Town Centres Manager Chris Edwards. Support for VE Day was received from the Town Centre Forum and Council and also later from the Big Lottery Fund in the form of a grant from the Home Front Recall Programme.

On June 6th 2004, as part of the 2004 Welsh Brass Arts Festival, the Parc & Dare Band presented a tribute concert at the Parc and Dare Theatre, Treorchy on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings. The event featured the Parc & Dare Band alongside Rhondda Cynon Taf Youth Brass Band, Rhondda Sea Cadets and BBC Presenter Beverley Humphreys in a gala concert of favourite wartime songs, music and movie themes.

Based upon the success of that event it was felt that it would be fitting to a similar a similar tribute, on a slightly larger scale, in 2005 to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of VE Day.

The event was held at the Parc and Dare Theatre on Saturday May 7th 2005, the eve of the VE Day anniversary and featured the Parc & Dare Band once again alongside Rhondda Sea Cadets, Rhondda Cynon Taf Youth Brass Band, Beverley Humphreys and the Band of Her Majesty's Grenadier Guards.

Prior to the evening concert a parade through the town, led by the Band of the Grenadier Guards, from the Baglan Fields, Treherbert to the Parc and Dare Theatre, Treorchy was undertaken. In addition to the Guards, the parade also included mounted police, representations from Rhondda Sea, Air Force and Army Cadets, South Wales Police Band, members of the Royal British Legion and local World War veterans.  

The Band of Her Majesty's Grenadier Guards march through Treorchy

The parade concluded at the Market Square where it was met with Goff Richards' "Fanfare For A New Age" performed by the Parc & Dare Band. A short memorial service was then held, led by the Reverend Geoffrey Long and featured the recitation of the Ode and the traditional Last Post and Reveille, performed by the Grenadiers' principal cornetist Jason Pickin.

Jason Pickin performs the Last Post & Reveille

The main evening concert commenced at 7:30pm, following pre-concert entertainment by Rhondda Cynon Taf Youth Brass Band, and featured the combined talents of the Parc & Dare Band, Band of the Grenadier Guards, Rhondda Sea Cadets and Beverley Humphreys.

As with the 2004 D-Day event the programme consisted primarily of favourite wartime songs, music and movie themes and concluded with a traditional military Tattoo style finale of Sunset, Evening Hymn, Last Post and the National Anthems. Again as with the previous event the theme throughout the evening was that of reconciliation and remembrance.

The event proved a remarkable success on every level and achieved it's main aim: to be a fitting tribute to veterans of all nations on the 60th Anniversary of such a monumental event in all our history; locally, nationally and internationally.

 

They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.

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