Royal Marines Band perform concert for 150 blind veterans in Brighton

14 July 2016 11:48

Yesterday, more than 150 blind veterans and other guests were treated to a special performance from The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines at our centre in Ovingdean.

The blind veterans, friends and family, and local dignitaries, listened the band perform many classics including Rule Brittania and Land of Hope and Glory. They were also treated to a Michael Jackson medley!

The afternoon began with Pimms in the garden and, after the concert, guests were able to enjoy a fresh cream tea and a bowl of strawberries.

John Taylor, 78 and from Findon, regularly visits the Blind Veterans UK centre but wanted to ensure that he was there for the concert.

John, who lost his sight more than 10 years ago to go due to advanced glaucoma, said:

“There is one day of the year that one always looks forward to, and that is the Marine Band concert in the inner garden at Ovingdean.

“The garden was full of blind veterans taking in their Pimms and looking up to the sky praying that the rain would keep away.

“Thankfully we did not need the brollies as the wind drove the clouds away and the sun came out, but by then we were well into the concert which was so enthralling that we had forgotten whether the sun was in or out.

“The concert was full of varied music and was played at the most enthusiastic way that only the Marines can play, I am always amazed at the high standard that these musicians achieve.”

Blind Veterans UK Brighton Centre Manager Lesley Garven added:

“It was an absolutely marvellous day and we are so grateful that the band were able to come to our centre for such a special performance.

“It was lovely to speak to the veterans we support about how much they enjoyed it. We look forward to welcoming the band again next year.”