Special service to celebrate St Albans’ Salvation Army origins

The Band Tune Book of The Salvation Army

The Band Tune Book of The Salvation Army - Credit: Archant

St Albans’ Salvation Army is celebrating 130th active years in the city this Sunday (May 21).

Musician Major Richard Gaudion will take a special service to commemorate the charity’s history - he will speak about the uncertain beginnings of the charity in St Albans.

When it arrived in the late 1800s, it was greeted with hostility because it preached temperance in a city full of pubs.

Army bandsman were attacked for marching in open air meetings - a local by-law prohibiting the playing of music outside on Sundays had given protesters an excuse to direct their anger.

Instruments were damaged, a Salvation Army member was thrown into the cattle trough by the Town Hall, and several musicians were given fines or imprisonment for breaking the law.


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The service will take place at the Salvation Army church on Victoria Street from 10.30am.

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