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Once again Bolton School has stepped in to help, Old Boy, James Butchart on Remembrance Sunday. In a show of true solidarity James, a Lancastrian by birth, is helping Easingwold, a sleepy village 15 miles north of York, to remember the fallen in this special commemoration year, marking the centenary of the end of the First World War. 

The University of York Brass Band (UYBB) take pride of place at the head of the Remembrance Day Parade, leading the various Veterans, Service Personnel, Scouts, Guides, Cadets, dignitaries and local people through the centre of the town to the local parish church, St. John the Baptist & All Saints. After the church service they then lead the parade to the War Memorial where wreaths are laid to remember the fallen in all conflicts in the last 100+ years. 

Last year the parade very nearly was silent, as the UYBB were unable to get transport to take all the band members and their instruments to the venue. However, in a great gesture Dave Horrocks, the Transport Manager from Bolton School Services, allowed one of the minibuses to be used by the band which meant the parade was able to go ahead, as planned. This year the same situation has arisen and Bolton School’s transport department has agreed to allow the use of the vehicle again. 

James Butchart, is in his final year at the University of York, where he is studying Music Technology Systems. This year not only is he tackling his major project he has also taken over the Chair of the UYBB. When he heard that his old school were able to help he said, “This is a great gesture from my former school. Without their help we would really struggle to transport all the people and equipment. Just taking the tuba and bass drum would fill a car so you can see getting about thirty people and their instruments to Easingwold is logistically demanding.” 

The local community of Easingwold has built up a relationship with the UYBB, and have enjoyed their presence at the town’s Remembrance Day Parades for almost a decade. One of last year’s organisers said: “There is something about the sound of a brass band at this sort of occasion; it’s just right. And when the Last Post sounds it is very emotional. There were many in the crowd shedding a silent tear. This sort of ceremony means so much to the town. It is great that the University will support us as we don’t have our own town band… it would not have the same feel without the music”. 

The Armistice Commemoration will take place on Sunday 11th November starting at 10:30am from the Market Square in Easingwold, North Yorkshire and will end with wreaths being laid at the War Memorial in the town at Midday. After the ceremony refreshments will be available in the Market Square.

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