On Tour

On 1st May 2015, some of the band are cycling coast to coast. Read about the trip here

On 27th July 2013, the band went on tour to Canada. Read about the trip here

The band has established an international presence through a number of international tours which have taken place in recent years, including trips to Canada, Poland and Belgium. Each year we aim to go abroad on tour or to welcome an overseas band to the UK, forming strong and lasting friendships. The most recent trip was the band being guests of the Bridgewater Fire Department Band in Canada in Summer 2013.

The WYFRS Band visiting Bridgewater Fire Department, Nova Scotia, Canada
The WYFRS Band visiting Bridgewater Fire Department, Nova Scotia, Canada, in 2010

In 2000 the band took part in an international music festival in Izegem, in Belgium, which was the band's first tour.. Since then the band have returned to Belgium four times. In November 2007, the band was honoured to be invited to participate in the Last Post and Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Menin Gate at Ypres, Belgium. We have had return visits there for Remembrance Day ceremonies in 2009, 2011 and 2012. The band plan to visit Ypres again for the 100 year anniversary in 2014.

The WYFRS band outside the Cloth Hall in Ypres, Belgium, in 2009

We have an exchange relationship with the Band of the Voluntary Fire Brigade of Lubartów, Poland. They visited Yorkshire in September 2007 and we consequently saw a return visit to Poland in 2008. Contact remains with our friends in Poland, and on each occasion that WYFRS band has played in Ypres, there have always been representatives from Poland.

The combined bands from WYFRS and the Voluntary Fire Brigade of Lubartów at the Royal Armouries in Leeds, 2007

Since then the band has also exchanged visits with the Bridgewater Fire Department Band in Nova Scotia, Canada. The WYFRS band spent a week in Canada during 2010 and then welcomed the Canadians to the UK during the summer of 2011. The band returned to Canada in Summer 2013, and have invited the BFD Band to come to Yorkshire in 2015.

We are always interested to hear from international bands, looking to work together especially those with links to the Fire Service. Please do get in touch if you would like to discuss with us in more detail.