Band returns to Garstang venue, after two decades

Sounds 18 who will be performing at The Crofters.
Sounds 18 who will be performing at The Crofters.

One of the best big swing bands of the north of England is returning to a Garstang venue, two decades since its first concert there.

Swing 18 (named so because the band comprises 18 members) will also be raising funds for the same worthy cause when it appears at The Crofters on the A6, on Sunday, October 30 at 7.30pm.

Band member George Elliott, who lives in Great Eccleston and is a former resident of Garstang and plays the trumpet in Swing 18 says the band will be performing for free on the night and they are looking forward to returning to The Crofters, which can hold up to about 200 people. George said: “We are hoping to have a great turnout. The more the merrier! Twenty years ago the concert was packed out!”

He says they will be playing anything from American big band musician, arranger, composer and bandleader Glenn Miller to American jazz pianist, composer and arranger Stan Kenton.

The night will be in aid of the charity North West Children’s Support Group, which was formed 40 years ago to take handicapped young people on a week’s holiday every year with volunteer helpers, the favourite destination being Scotland.

George says a number of the charity’s volunteers include members of the same families, the responsibilities being passed down the generations, in order to keep it going.

Admission to the concert is payable at the door and is £7.50 per person.