60 years blowing brigade’s bugel

2016-05-17 06:00

At 68 years old, Major Roy Theunissen will soon celebrate 60 years as part of the lads and girls brigade and is not planning on leaving soon.

Theunissen from Lotus River says he is looking forward to the celebrations later this month where he will celebrate with his fellow lads and girls from Parkwood.

“I joined the brigade when I was eight years old and today I am happy to say that I can celebrate 60 years glorifying my Maker’s name in the brigade,” Theunissen says.

He joined the brigade during 1956 and is one of the oldest members who remained in the brigade.

“Currently I think there is only about two or three members left that joined around the time I did. Other members either left the brigade or passed on,” he says.

Theunissen, who plays the bugel, says they want more youth to become involved because “youngsters from the Grassy Park area are not interested”.

“Being a part of the brigade will definitely keep our youth off the streets and discourage them from wrong-doing. We want more of our youth to become involved so they can also enjoy the events and activities presented or hosted by the brigades,” Theunissen encourages.

Festivities for Theunissen’s six decades service in the brigade will take place on Saturday 28 May, proceeding with a march from 12:15 at the New Apostolic Church in Lotus River.

V The brigade meets every Tuesday at 19:30 at the Simon of Cyrene Church in Parkwood.
Those interested in joining the brigade can call Liutenant Wilfred Ceto on 082 739 8114 for more information.

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