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Bugler Prepares For Final Last Post Tribute To COVID-19 Victims

The veteran has played The Last Post on every night except one since March in a tribute to coronavirus victims.

An ex-Army bugler is preparing for his final performance on New Year's Eve, having played The Last Post every night except one since March, in a tribute to COVID-19 victims.

Paul Goose, a former soldier with the Light Infantry, will be joined by fellow buglers and Royal British Legion bikers at 8pm on New Year's Eve for a 275th and final ceremony in Cudworth, South Yorkshire.

Mr Goose started playing at the beginning of the first lockdown after a close friend, one of his old Regimental Sergeant Majors, passed away.

He told the PA news agency he "wanted to play The Last Post for him" that evening, and the response he received made him decide to continue doing it.

"I wanted to carry on until no more people are passing away from this," he said.

"But, with this second wave carrying on, I could be doing it for four or five years, so I decided to stop on New Year's Eve.

"Tonight's the big one. It's going to be an emotional one and I'm going to miss it."

Mr Goose said he has played every night since March 29 except for one night, when he went to Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, with his fiancee and forgot to take his instrument.

He has since raised almost £10,000 for the intensive care unit at Barnsley Hospital and, having streamed all of his performances live on his Facebook page, he was hoping to receive an official world record.

This has so far been denied, despite a local petition and his MP, Stephanie Peacock, raising it in Parliament.

Mr Goose said he will be sticking to all the social distancing rules during the final rendition of The Last Post, and will also be performing No More Parades solo.