As a “Thank You” to the community of Hythe and the surrounding districts Bandmasters Richard Carroll (Hythe) and Derek Kane (Bexleyheath) organised the visit of the brass band from The Salvation Army at Bexleyheath Corps.
As well as an event to show gratitude, the weekend brought good music, a good friendships, and opportunities to engage with the good folk who came to listen.
The weather for the weekend was simply superb, enabling unhindered parades throughout the High Street and among the houses, 2 bandstand events, and a mini-concert outside the Town Hall and another one on the seafront - the first in many years. At each of these outreach events many people lined the streets and well over 200 came to the Sunday bandstand.
In addition the band performed a Saturday night festival at the Methodist Church and led the morning service at the Hythe Corps, Portland Road.
The Mayor provided a civic welcome in which the mutual understanding and bond between the local Corps and the community was emphasised.
A great deal of work and preparation went into the event both at Bexleyheath and at Hythe (with the Captain's sincere thanks to all involved), but the result was a God-glorifying weekend of fine music and evangelistic opportunities...which were taken!
Submitted by Bandmaster Richard Carroll