Concert at St. Dunstan's Church, Mayfield, East Sussex

28 November 2008

Report by Mark Dury

In the presence of The Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Mr. Peter Field and Mrs. Field a packed house, including ten members of the Sussex Branch of the Grenadier Guards Association, sat enthralled with the colour, pageantry and performance of the Band of the Grenadier Guards, under the inspired direction of Major Barry Wassell. Many of the audience, not surprisingly, were heard to make enthusiastic and complimentary comments on their way out.

A varied programme was provided additionally by others, who gave their time and skills, for which considerable thanks are due, including :

The Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, who both delivered a message of thanks to the audience from The Colonel and read Rudyard Kipling's 'If'.

The Choir of St. Leonards-Mayfield School, under the temporary direction of Mr. Andrew Benians, who took over at short notice from their Director of Music, Mr. Peter Collins.

The Choir of Skippers Hill Manor Preparatory School, under the Direction of Mrs. Dorothy Bridger.

Mr. Steve Dummer and his ensemble 'Talkester'.

Joanna Eliot. Soprano and Actress.

Katharine Platt. Harpist.

WO1 (RSM) KS Vacher Grenadier Guards, The Sergeant Major of the Honourable Artillery Company, an extremely smart representative of the Regiment, who read Rudyard Kipling's 'Tommy' with marked emotional effect upon the audience.

Very special mention should be made of Lucy and Jason of the Carpenters Arms, Mayfield, who supplied a free lunch to 39 Grenadiers and Hamish Elder, Managing Director of Harvey and Son (Lewes) Ltd., who provided a cask of their best ale to sustain the Band.

Four Guardsmen from the First Battalion greeted the audience and lent considerable presence and colour to the whole event, which will last in the memory of Mayfield for a very long time.