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Salvation Army brass bands welcome Olympic visitors at Heathrow

Visitors to the UK arriving at Heathrow for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics will receive a uniquely British welcome from The Salvation Army from Monday 23rd July.

Over the next six weeks our brass bands will be playing in the arrivals and departures areas of the international airport.

The bands, made up of members of The Salvation Army from the local area and farther afield, will give 12 performances of approximately two hours until 10th September 2012.  

Rousing British music such as ‘I Vow To Thee My Country’, ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ and, of course, the National Anthem, will be played.  

In June, Salvation Army bands played at Heathrow over the Jubilee weekend. So popular were the performances, the bands were invited to return for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

Resident chaplain at Heathrow, Major Melvyn Ackroyd, has organised the performances. He said: “There’s nothing like toetapping marching music to cheer up weary travellers! We’re so excited to have the opportunity to perform in front of so many thousands of visitors to the UK, and to give them a friendly welcome as they arrive.

“The Salvation Army played over the Jubilee weekend, and the reaction was fantastic – the music made so many people smile. So we’re back by popular request. Many thanks to BAA for inviting us to perform at Heathrow.“

Heathrow operator BAA has kindly donated to The Salvation Army to thank members for their performances.

Bands playing

Maidenhead Band Staines Band Reading Retired Fellowship Band Central Southern Area Fellowship Band South London Fellowship Band Kettering Citadel Band