Hitchin Band was pleased to have played at the dedication of The Queen Mother Memorial at
All Saint's Church, St Paul's Walden in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen and invited guests.
The private event, originally scheduled for Saturday, had to be moved back a day at short
notice due to the funeral of Pope John Paul II and the postponement of the wedding of the Prince of Wales.
The weather was kind with sunshine throughout the event. The memorial, a monument made of
Portland stone is lined up between All Saint's Church and the nearby Bowes Lyon family home of the Bury.
The band played to entertain the guests before the arrival of The Queen, which was heralded
by the pealing of the church bells.
Following the dedication undertaken by, the Rt. Rev. Christopher Foster,
Bishop of Hertford, the National Anthem was played, led by a fanfare of cornets.
The band then continued to play and entertain the guests as they were introduced to The Queen.
Following the departure of The Queen, the band played whilst guests continued to enjoy refreshments.
Following on from the band's recent success at the Regional Finals (achieving 2nd place, promotion and
gaining a place at the National Finals in September), this event marks an eventful start to the year for
The band is now planning for their first major concert of the year to be held in Hitchin Town Hall on Saturday 14th May.