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War Weekend Smiddy Hill

posted Nov 11, 2014, 10:05 AM by Brian Anderson   [ updated Dec 23, 2014, 5:41 AM ]

War broke out in Pickering once again over the weekend of 10th-12th October. The clock was turned back to the 1940's & 100's of visitors packed the town wandering the streets dressed as military personnel or wearing 'civvies' like grandad & grandma used to wear.

In the words of  the phrase ''if  you can't beat 'em – join 'em'' the band set up on Smiddy Hill & entertained the 'troops' & locals with some popular music  from both the 1st & 2nd World Wars. In spite of it being October the sun shone & we even played in shirt sleeves for a while it was so warm.

We are also organising a community event in the Parish Church next month. The Last Post is a mass  participation project that will see communities across the U.K. playing the Last Post at events throughout November to mark the 1st  World War centenary. The band has applied for a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund so it will be a 'free' event. The evening will include tunes from the early 1900's along with items from other members of the community.

We hope to have tea & coffee available for a small fee with the proceeds given to the Poppy Appeal.