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RM band come to The London Tavern

October 08, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Who would have dared to forecast sun after the appalling weather we have had recently, but local landlord Roly Frost did and he got it too!

The London Tavern were hosting a 90th birthday celebration for the Ringwood branch of the Royal British Legion and the sun shone through all day to make it a party to remember.

The whole day was the brainchild of Roly and three members of the British legion and together they took 18 months to organise this spectacular event at the Linford road pub.

The day started at 2pm with a display by the Bournemouth based brass band Gugge 2000 who were superb and set the tone for the whole event.  This was followed at 4 O’clock by Her Majesty’s Band of the Royal Marines who were magnificent. 

The band played for a full hour and a half and kept the crowd mesmerised with their faultless repertoire covering hits from Glenn Miller , Bobby Darren, Frank Sinatra and many more. The crowd were on their feet for the final song as the band took a 5 minute standing ovation.

Seldom have scenes like this been seen in Ringwood, the place was buzzing and the cheers for the band could be heard for miles around.  A total of over 400 people turned out in the blazing sunshine to watch the band and they were not disappointed.

There was an ice cream vendor with  specialist ice creams who joined in with the 1940’ themed fancy dress, a beer festival , Pimms bar, as well as outside catering for those who found themselves wanting one of the Taverns homemade burgers, or a visit to the ploughman’s table to fill up their empty tummy’s.

Prior to the Royal Marines taking to the stage the London Tavern presented a cheque for £500 to Help our Wounded the Royal Marines own charity.

The event concluded with the Three Belles vocal group who put on an amazing show to a full house , in fact they were so popular the ovation they got took the roof off the Tavern.

As well as celebrating their 90th birthday the Legion were also raising funds to help buy wheelchairs which have been specially adapted for adventure and sports use, these are being used by service personnel injured in the line of duty and who want to get back into the sporting arena.

So, what next for the London Tavern, watch this space.