Will the Band of Royal Marines be coming to us?

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WITH only nine weeks left before Scarborough’s proposed armed forces extravaganza, we presume our local government would like the veterans, cadet forces, Merchant Navy and support agencies to rally round and give our usual backing to what is always a draw to the town.

It is hoped that through our local newspaper, we can remind our Town Hall that growing mushrooms helps feed the world, but the spawn needs to be nurtured first and the lights turned on to harvest the crop. I hear, by the grapevine, that the Band of the Royal Marines will be here on parade. This would be absolutely fantastic. Is there any truth in this rumour?

If correct, it may interest many people to know that during the last war, Scarborough was home to the senior bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines School of Music. Local hotels were taken over to house the musicians. The Floral Hall was alive to the sounds of the finest royal marine bands, training before deployment to the great war ships of yesteryear. Many local girls married these musicians. Family connections within the borough are still here.

I am a member of the Scarborough and District Royal Marines Association. We want to help and be part of the town’s June 23 celebrations, but planning is essential. We are all volunteers in local organisations giving our time free to the Town Hall. The salaried employees of local government should be more aware of the environment they work and live in. Please take us out of this darkness.

Colin Glenn

Eastbeck Close