We don’t want to blow our own trumpet… but our very own Emma Brandon took on a special duty on Armistice Day when she performed The Last Post at her local memorial service.

The avid trumpeter, a team leader in day services, played the symbolic signal before the two minute silence was observed at the war memorial outside the Holy Trinity church in Meole Brace.

After performing a selection of songs of the Great War with her band Second Wind, she stepped up for the sounding of The Last Post at 11am – marking 100 years since the end of World War One.

Emma has taken on the honour on previous occasions before, but says this was the biggest crowd of people she’d performed the iconic call in front of yet.

“It was an honour,” she said. “I felt like it was a really important thing to do – and to do it well.

“I felt that I’d contributed properly because it’s a solemn occasion and obviously very moving for people.

“Being in front of so many people was an experience – I felt a bit nervous but fortunately it all went okay.

“Everyone was so still and everyone is silent –it gets very emotional when the music starts. It reflects on all those people who died so we can live as we do today.”

The Last Post dates back to the late 18th century and is now performed at ceremonies as a way of remembering those who sacrificed their life at war.

It was previously signalled to soldiers at night so they knew it would be safe for them to go to sleep.

Emma, who started playing trumpet at the age of 11, meets up with her band on a fortnightly basis to practice.

Before The Last Post, she also joined her bandmates to play hymn I Vow to Thee My Country among others.

She added: “I’m a church goer generally and when people can find out you play the trumpet they want you – so every Christmas or Remembrance Day I get the call. I do like to do it.

“We don’t do many concerts but have another one coming up in December for Christmas and play various fetes and things throughout the summer.

“I’ve played the trumpet since I was a child. It’s fun and isn’t too demanding. It’s just a nice thing to do and a great thing I enjoy.”


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