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An audience of 600 people saw the Band of the Grenadier Guards perform at Southwell Minster on Tuesday night.

People began arriving more than an hour early to secure a seat at the concert, where guests included the Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Sir Andrew Buchanan, the Dean of Southwell, the Very Rev John Guille, and ex-Guardsmen.

The event started at 7.30pm and the 42 musicians opened with the National Anthem, which was followed by The Spirit of Pageantry by Percy Fletcher.

The two-hour concert was one of 12 forming a two-week national tour.

Proceeds are for The Colonel Fund — a charity that helps Servicemen and their families who have been injured or badly affected as a result of conflict.

The regimental band — the oldest of all the bands in the British Army dating back more than 300 years — played on a small stage in the nave.

They were conducted by Major Barry Wassell and played a mixture of old classics and contemporary music.

During the interval Major Wassell said five band members were raising extra money for The Colonel’s Fund by travelling to each venue on motorbikes.

An organiser, Mrs Dilys Carby, said: “It was fantastic. We would love to see them perform again at the minster.”

Nottinghamshire is a recruiting county for The Grenadier Guards.

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