Friday, 08 May 2020 18:14

Last Post starts two-minute silence in Fitzjohn Avenue

Written by
Neve Mayes,star trumpet player at Dame Alice Owen's School, marked the start and finish of the Victory in Europe Day two minute silence for residents in Fitzjohn Avenue, with her mother making sure the timings were correct. Ceremonies were held across High Barnet with Neve's teacher, trumpet player John Young marking the start of the silence in Byng Road.


Among the buildings decorated with flags and bunting for the 75th VE Day anniversary were the Eleanor Palmer almshouse in Wood Street.

Neve's mother, Sinead Mayes, announced the night before on the Fitzjohn Avenue WhatsApp group that he daughter would be playing the Last Post.

"Everyone in the road was keen to take part in the two-minute silence, and we know how important the 75th anniversary of VE day is, especially for elderly residents.

"I was helping Neve by checking the timings on my mobile phone. She played the Last Post and then the Reveille to mark the end of the silence. We were so pleased to see such an appreciative response."

Neve (17), who took up trumpet playing at the age of eight when a pupil at Christ Church Primary School, has passed all her grades and has been awarded an ARSM diploma.

She takes part in numerous musical and orchestral events at Dame Alice Owen's School and regularly plays the Last Post at Remembrance Sunday services.

Her teacher, John Young, a trumpet player at the Royal Academy, led the two-minute silence in Byng Road.

With Neve in the front garden of their home is her mother Sinead Mayes, her twin brother Matthew and her sister Cara (19).

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published
All comments are moderated so there is a delay before you see them on the site
The views expressed are not necessarily those of the Barnet Society