Brigade anniversary

The sounds of a brass band marching through Aberdeen drew many curious spectators last weekend.

The annual festival for the Christian Youth Movement (CYM) Brigades in the area was held in the town, with Brigades from Middelburg, Jansenville and Graaff-Reinet hosted by the Aberdeen group for the weekend.

On Friday, there was a social event and Mr and Miss Brigade were chosen at a fun modelling evening, with Elzandro Koopmans and Godney Williams as the well-deserved winners.

The combined groups marched through Lotusville and the town on Saturday morning, with a drill practice in Lotusville in the afternoon. That evening, a variety show was held in the Sopkombuis, and the packed hall thoroughly enjoyed the talented performers.

The main event of the weekend was a march in full uniform from the Sopkombuis in Lotusville to the church in Hoffman Street, accompanied by the combined brass band, which was a very impressive sight and drew many spectators along the way.

The Aberdeen Brigade is still very young, celebrating its third birthday this year. The driving force behind it is Maggie Joubert, and with very limited resources she has managed to make a huge difference in the life of the youngsters involved. Run under the auspices of the Uniting Reform Church, the Brigade caters broadly for those between 13 and 30 years, with a few older members for support. Brigade members wear a black and white smart uniform, and the discipline of drill marching is taught, usually supported by a brass band. For the first year, the Aberdeen branch was not able to afford any instruments, but the members certainly benefitted from the other activities. Now the Brigade boasts two trumpets and two trombones, one base drum and one side drum. Gradually they hope to acquire more instruments so that more of the approximately 70 active members of the brigade can get a chance to play.

The organisers of the Aberdeen brigade would like to thank those members of the community who responded so generously to requests for food donations, and also those who hosted the visiting children.

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