Joint Longridge concert was fun, with reflection

Longridge Band at concert with The Houghton Weavers
Longridge Band at concert with The Houghton Weavers

There was a packed house for the joint concert with Longridge Band and The Houghton Weavers at the town’s Civic Hall on Saturday night.

And while the concert was a blend of fun (inevitable when the ‘Weavers’ are around), there was also more reflective music, as befits this special time, says band secretary Fred Little.

The band performed ‘In Flanders Fields’ and Mr Little said: “This beautiful music was accompanied by a slide presentation of pictures taken when members of the band visited the Somme and Ypres areas last year.

“There was a wonderful silence of several seconds at the end followed by dignified applause,” said Mr Little.

He says new member Bethany Moore, who recently joined the band on principle cornet and who is currently a junior student at the Royal Northern College of Music, displayed her “considerable talent” by performing the Cornet solo ‘Smile’ which dates back to the era of the First World War.

He went onto say:“The Weavers were on top form as always and provided a variety of songs. Some amusing and others of a more reflective in nature.

“Tony Berry had the audience in stitches with his stories and his dry and unpredictable humour.

“The band and the Weavers combined for several numbers - the groups combine very well with the audience often joining in too!”

He said the band also played a speciality version of the old song ‘Mr Sandman’ - which features some of the band playing hand-bells.

An unexpected halt occurred mid-performance due to a logistical problem when wheeling the tubular bells into place, said Mr Little, adding: “

“However, it was a comedy number and the incident just gave added value!”

The evening drew to a close with The National Anthem and the following day, Longridge Band proudly led the town’s Remembrance Sunday parade.