This weekend members of CBBB travelled to the Lake District to support the Care Of Police Survivors (COPS) charity.
We have police staff within our band and this was an opportunity to take part in a special event for a charity that supports the families of police officers and staff who have lost their lives on duty.
This year was the 10th Light the Lakes event where flares are lit at dawn on the Wainwright Fells to remember those lost in service. CBBB players were invited to join police officers and staff lighting up Loughrigg Fell and we were honoured to take part. Players also joined us from Essex Police Band, Cockermouth Mechanics Band, The Golbourne Band, Wantage Silver, Oxford Band and Kibworth Band for the special occasion.
On Friday 17th June we made our way northwards to the Lake District arriving in Ambleside just in time for dinner (no thanks to the M6!). After a quick pitch of the tents we gathered at Rydal Hall before beginning the climb to our fell.
Stopping in Rydal Cave gave us an opportunity to play together and make the most of the natural acoustics. Have a listen below.
The group then began the main climb to the top of Loughrigg Fell in the dark – instruments and all! Although challenging in some places, everyone made it to the top.
As dawn approached we took up our position to play Hymn to the Fallen, An Irish Tune (Danny Boy), Abide With Me and The Last Post in memory of those lost and their families and friends. The lighting of the flares as the fells around us also lit up was a poignant moment and one that will be remembered for a long time.
In the early morning light we made our way back to Rydal Hall for some much needed rest.
On Saturday afternoon a gathering was held for police officers and staff, their families and friends to share stories and support each other. The massed band provided the entertainment for the afternoon at Brathay Hall.
The whole weekend, in the beautiful setting of the Lake District, was incredible to be part of and it was an honour to be involved in such an extraordinary event. A huge thank you to everyone who played, helped with the organisation and made this event happen.