Salvation Army band sets the tone as rain forces Songs of Praise move

Rain didn’t dampen enthusiasm for Killay Community Council’s Songs of Praise on Sunday.

The wet weather meant the service, and the congregation of 60, was moved from Killay Precinct to Killay Parish Church.

Vicar of Killay, Canon Phil Gwynn, said: “We were led by the music of the Swansea Citadel Salvation Army Brass Band, very ably conducted by Chris Smith. This brought a great tone to proceedings, a resounding, booming tone – very different from the usual church organ accompaniment that we are used to.

“I was brought up in Townhill and, every Christmas morning, a few members of the Salvation Army Band would play on the street corner near to our house. It was one of the abiding memories of Christmas that I have.


“Various hymns were chosen by members from three churches – some of whom introduced the background to their hymn choice. We shared fellowship together over the ubiquitous cup of tea and we went our separate ways home, having been uplifted by the band and the energetic singing.

“Thanks must go to Nigel Fletcher (Chair) and the members of Killay Community Council, to Chris Smith and the members of the Salvation Army Band, to St Hilary’s for making the church available – and to those who prepared and served the teas, not forgetting those who chose the hymns.”