Alford Army Cadet makes musical mark in Belgium

Kira Roberts.
Kira Roberts.

An Alford Army Cadet has said her recent trip to Belgium where she was selected to be part of a special VE Day event was one of the best adventures of her life.

Lance Corporal Kira Roberts,16, a musician with the Lincolnshire Army Cadet Force (ACF) band, recently returned from a highly successful weekend in Belgium, where she participated in the VE Day International Tattoo in the historic town of Roeselare.

Band members joined forces with musicians from the Derbyshire ACF Mercian Regiment band.

The hosts, KH The Gildemusic, also invited marching bands from the Isle of Wight and the Netherlands.

After parading through the streets of Roeselare, each marching band took turns to occupy the town’s main square and entertain a very appreciative crowd.

Kira plays the euphonium for the band and really enjoyed the trip away.

She said: “I have really enjoyed being part of this year’s VE Day tattoo.

“The highlight of my trip has to be the opportunity the share the stage with some wonderful players.

“Enjoying the Belgium experience with these incredible people has been one of the best adventures of my life.”

After their performance, the band attended the Last Post ceremony at Menin Gate, Ypres.

Every evening buglers gather together to honour the memory of WW1 soldiers of the former British Empire and its allies who died in the Ypres Salient.

Anyone interested in joining Kira in the Lincolnshire ACF band, whether as an adult or a cadet, should ring: 01522 528109 for further information.