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Thurrock Marching Brass lead Ockendon 90th birthday celebrations

THURROCK Marching Brass brave the elements and march to open local 90th birthday celebrations

Thurrock Marching Brass marched their way to the front of the Ockendon Centre to join local residents and the nation in celebrating Her Majesty the Queen’s official 90th birthday on Sunday 12 June 2016.

With the British weather deciding to bring heavy rainfall in the morning, the young marching band were given a light but short reprise as the rain stopped for them to march their way from Deveron Gardens to outside the Ockendon Centre in South Ockendon, Essex, where an appreciative audience welcomed them. The organisers did a remarkable job in getting everything ready for the celebrations given the earlier challenges with the weather, and their true grit team spirit helped to make the day run well with many local youngsters involved in performances throughout the afternoon.

Some staff members from Thurrock Marching Brass then joined the amazing High Voltage Big Band who entertained the crowds even further with a number of sets befitting the pomp and circumstance of such a magnificent milestone in British monarch history.

It was clear that the weather was not going to spoil everyone’s fun and it was a great honour for the youngsters of Thurrock Marching Brass to march and perform on the day.

Speaking of the day, Thurrock Marching Brass’ Corps Director Jay Lindner said: “With such a busy schedule for the members this year, when this opportunity was presented it was an easy decision to say yes. I, and we, all take great pride in performing locally within the borough, and to help celebrate the prestigious occasion of the Queen’s 90th birthday we were all so excited to take part. The good old British weather did it’s best to dampen what was a brilliant day but there was no chance of that happening. The organisers certainly had their challenges but they managed them brilliantly. All our members joined in with face painting and other activities during the day after opening the celebrations with what I thought was an excellent march. We look forward to many more local performances throughout 2016, and would like to thank Wendy Curtis and her team for allowing us to be a part of this special day.”

Thurrock Marching Brass is proud to perform as much as they can within the community and you can keep up to date with all their engagements on our website below or by following them on Facebook.


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