KOYLI Bandstand Unveiled at Pontefract Castle on Yorkshire Day

Updated: Apr 28, 2020

At Pontefract Castle on 1 August 2019, Minden Day which is also Yorkshire Day, Col Retd Gerry Delany unveiling a Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry plaque on the newly built bandstand. The plaque is a tribute to the long historic link between Pontefract and the KOYLI and continues today with The Rifles, Y Coy 8 Rifles has its company headquarters at Minden House; the only remaining building still of the old Pontefract Barracks still owned by MOD.

Musicians from the Minden Band and Bugles of E (The Rifles) Company ACF Yorkshire (N&W) were the first band to perform in the bandstand, further reinforcing the link to The Rifles. Three of the 'Rifles Pillars' working together, Cadets and Association, and the local community.

Our thanks to the Pontefract branch members who attended and assisted at the event and to the Cadet musicians with their adult instructors for giving their time and talents.

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