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Silver band to commemorate legion's centenary

Created on 20/10/2021 @ 10:27
Newtown Silver Band is to host a celebration concert and dedication to commemorate the centenary of the Royal British Legion.

The band, which has a long tradition of serving the local community, will be performing at Bear Lanes in Broad Street on Saturday, 6 November.

They will also be taking part in the annual Remembrance Parade in the town on Sunday, 14 November.

Dafydd Evans, Chairman of the band, said: "Newtown Silver Band has a long and proud tradition of serving the local community since it was established in 1880.

"In 1908 the 7th Battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers was established. Twenty-six members of Newtown Silver Band were enrolled as the Battalion Band. With the outbreak of the Great War in 1914 the sixteen members of the Band who were of service age were mobilised to fill the traditional role of military bandsmen, that of medical orderlies. Within a year they were acting as stretcher bearers at the Gallipoli landings.

"The Royal British Legion was formed in 1921. The main purpose of the Legion was straightforward: to care for those who had suffered as a result of service in the Armed Forces during the Great War, whether through their own service or through that of a husband, father, or son."

He added: "Newtown Silver Band has a long association with The Royal British Legion and has played an important role in Remembrance Parades and services in Newtown every year, leading the parade and playing the Last Post.

"Newtown Silver Band will be commemorating the Centenary of The Royal British Legion with a short concert and dedication at Bear Lanes, Newtown on Saturday 6th November at 2.00 p.m. Members of the public are welcome to attend.  A collection will be made for the local Newtown RBL Poppy Appeal."

On Sunday, November 14th the band will once again lead the Remembrance Parade through the town and will play the Last Post at the Cenotaph.