WHIT Friday came early as thousands flocked to Uppermill for a free concert by the Band of the Grenadier Guards.
And no one was happier to see the 35-strong band than their biggest fan-three-year-old Gabriel.
As students from Saddleworth and Mossley Hollins schools joined locals, tourists and curious sightseers along the village High Street, the little guardsman waved his flag in delight as the Grenadiers marched by.
Gabriel even as his own Instagram account ‘Little Grenadier’ and a letter from the Queen via one of the monarch’s ladies-in-waiting.
Many shops and businesses hung out bunting giving the band, which performs around the world as well as at royal residences, a rousing welcome.
Fears unpredictable Spring weather might dampen the occasion never materialised as bright sunshine enabled the band to deliver a 30-minute open air concert at King George V playing fields.
The Grenadiers spent the afternoon delivering workshops at the Civic Hall to Saddleworth School pupils, including brass, woodwind and percussion.
They are also ending a memorable visit with a sell-out grand finale concert at the Civic Hall.
Garrath Beckwith, Head of Music at Saddleworth School who organised the event, said: “The band has tailored their programme to suit us and the children which is fantastic. It will enhance the students’ musical experiences and learning and is something the community can enjoy as well.”