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Concert supports The Army in Sri Lanka.
When the Tsunami struck Sri Lanka on Boxing Day 2004, Bandsman Les Armstrong and his wife, Sheila were on holiday in the area and saw at first hand the work of The Salvation Army in that situation. On their return, they pledged to support that endeavour and set about to raise funds and equipment for The Army in that country. Sadly Sheila died before the project was complete. On Friday 8th June, a concert was held in the beautiful setting of Douai Abbey in Berkshire. The resonance of that building’s acoustics gave a near capacity audience a unique experience as music was presented by The Army’s Southern Area Fellowship band, the Newbury Choral Society, vocal soloist, Roger Cobb (Hendon), organist Clare Cousens, and cornet soloist Don Richardson (Basingstoke). The programme contained a balance of classical and Army music and raised £1,700. Not only did this provide much needed funds for the Army’s work in post Tsunami, Sri Lanka but it was also a fitting tribute to Sheila Armstrong, who started the planning for the event before her sudden and unexpected promotion to glory last year.