Band brassed off over church snub

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A HUNMANBY band has been stopped from performing at a Armistice Day service for the first time in its 30 year history.

The 23-strong Hunmanby Silver Band has been leading the congregation in song at the multi-denominational event for four decades.

The service is alternated each year between either the All Saints’ Church or the Methodist Church in Cross Hill.

This year it will be held at the latter, and the band has been informed that it will not be invited to perform as there will be insufficient space for the anticipated congregation as well as the band.

The band members, many of whom are armed forces veterans, are upset by the decision as it is has always been one of the most anticipated events on their calendar

Rodney Court, the band chairman, said: ”We were only advised of this decision when the band secretary contacted the methodist chapel to ascertain the hymns for the service.

“By that time the band had already spent quite some time in rehearsing the voluntary music for the event, also had we had more notice we could have offered our services elsewhere as brass bands are always at a premium on this day.

“We know that space is at a premium in the Chapel, but we have always got by in the past.

“Whilst we respect the right of the Chapel to invite us or not, we cannot understand why this service is not held in All Saints’ Church where there is adequate space.”

Mr Court, who plays trombone in the band, told the Mercury that despite the clamour for brass bands on the day, the band had offered up their service for free as always.

He said: “We play all events in the village for free. Any money we make comes from the summer concerts. Whenever the church asks we are happy to drop everything for them,”

The Mercury attempted to contact the Rev Denise Free at Filey Methodist Church, but there was no answer.

However, the band will be providing a trumpeter to play the Last Post and Reveille at the Hunmanby War Memorial tomorrow

For information regarding remembrance services see page three of today’s Evening News.