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Thursday, 21 August 2014

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Band follows forefathers’ footsteps

A ROYAL Diamond Jubilee has only ever been celebrated in the UK once before – and Barrow Steelworks Band has played on both occasions.

History will repeat itself on Saturday June 2 when the band strikes up in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The Queen is only the second monarch to mark 60 years on the throne – and 115 years ago Barrow Steelworks Band playing in Kirkby to celebrate Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.

The band had been formed three years prior, in 1884, as the Rising Star Life Boat Crew Temperance Brass Band.

Barrow Steelworks Band, as it became known in the 1950s when the ironworks closed, celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2009.

“When we’re all together there’s 14 or 15, which is quite good for a local band,” said chairman, Ian Bird.

The organisers of this year’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations thought it would be appropriate to invite the Steelworks Band to play once more in Kirkby, between 4pm and 5pm on Saturday, assisted by members of Holborn Hill and Askam Bands.

The following is a report of the proceedings held in Kirkby parish in 1897 to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee:

The Celebration of the Queen’s Jubilee at Kirkby Ireleth took place in this parish on Tuesday, the 22nd of June 1897 and was successful in every way.

The proceedings commenced with a procession of Children from the Burlington Schools, to which the Scholars from Grizebeck were added, the whole numbering about 400.

The Children left the School at a quarter past 11 (accompanied by Mr. Lewis and the staff of Teachers), carrying numerous banners and flags, kindly lent to them for the occasion by Mr. Eddy, who also had most generously presented each child, as well as all the Teachers, with handsome medals.

On arriving in front of the Railway Station, the children were photographed by the Station Master, Mr. Hudson, and then proceeded round the parish, giving hearty cheers at different centres. At Low Hall a triumphal Arch was erected. The Church was reached at half-past 12, and every seat and space was crowded. A short, hearty Jubilee Service was held, concluding with the National Anthem, which was well taken up by all present, after which the procession was reformed and proceeded to the Burlington Schools. The Children were provided with their tea first, to which they did ample justice after their long perambulation. Each Child had a Diamond Jubilee Mug presented from the Committee.

The Children’s Tea was followed by that for the Adults, the whole parish having been invited. Some hundreds partook of it between 2-30 and 4-30. The Sports were held during the afternoon, in a field kindly lent for the occasion by Miss Benson and Mr. Winder, when some exciting and interesting races were run, the winners receiving handsome and useful prizes. The Band from the Steel Works, Barrow, which performed during the afternoon, greatly enlivened the large gathering by their spirited music. This continued until seven, when the Band was obliged to leave, their place being supplied by an Amateur String Band belonging to Kirkby. Dancing was kept up until 10-30, all expressing them-selves heartily pleased with such a bright and happy day.

Such a glorious Diamond Jubilee I am sure we shall never forget, and our prayers will still be, “God bless our noble Queen.”

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