Celebrations for Army at reaching milestone

065023. Salvation Army Citadel.'Folder 12. 12/12/06. Pic Kevin Allen.
065023. Salvation Army Citadel.'Folder 12. 12/12/06. Pic Kevin Allen.
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MEMBERS and friends, past and present, of the Salvation Army in Scarborough gathered in the town to celebrate the Corps’ 130th anniversary.

The event was held over the weekend and was led by Capt Valerie Morgan, who is originally from Scarborough but is now serving in Newry, Northern Ireland.

Salvation army.JPG''The combined Songster Brigade with the present members of the Scarborough salvation Army Songster brigade supported by former members of the Brigade.

Salvation army.JPG''The combined Songster Brigade with the present members of the Scarborough salvation Army Songster brigade supported by former members of the Brigade.

Invites were extended to anyone locally who had connections with the Army through the years to attend the reunion festival.

It began with an afternoon spent in rehearsals followed by a pie and pea supper held before the festival in the Scarborough Citadel in Alma Parade.

Major Jack Middleton said the weekend was a huge success, adding: “Displays of pictures around the hall helped start many ‘Do you remember?’ conversations as soldiers and friends met and relived their happy memories of the Corps in bygone days.

“The evening reunion festival saw present members of the Singing Company, Songsters and Senior Band joined by those who had served in the sections over the years.

“A drumming display by Major Hazel Swift and her brothers Wesley and Ken brought back memories of the Drummers Fraternal which was a feature of Scarborough Corps for many years and featured other members of the Swift family including their father C.S.M. George Swift.

“Capt Valerie Morgan, who originates from Scarborough, guided the programme through and presented a thoughtful epilogue.”

He added: “On Sunday while many of the visitors remained for the meetings the theme changed to that of Harvest celebrations. During the holiness meeting Captain Morgan enrolled a new Junior Soldier and a new Senior Soldier.

“The Corps family celebrated the harvest with a Corps lunch before the final gathering of the weekend an afternoon praise meeting brought the weekend celebrations to an end.”