We are the champions!
That’s Longridge Band’s shout at the moment.
It’s celebrating success on two fronts.... by moving up to the national championship section and competing with such bands as Fodens and Faireys, and by becoming a registered charity and gaining charitable status.
Secretary Fred Little explained “We recently received official confirmation from the organisers of the National Championships, that thanks to consistently good results over recent years, we will be competing in the Championship Section commencing next year.
“This promotion means that we will be up against some of the best bands in the world such as Fodens and Faireys etc.,. so we don’t expect to be bringing home too much in the way of silver-ware but we will be giving it our best shot as always!
“Who knows, we may be the Leicester City of the banding world.... but probably not!”
Charitable status was gained after several months of behind-the-scenes efforts until the band became a registered charity on April 29.
Patrons and supporters who are taxpayers can now gift aid donations and the band will be able to take advantage of all the benefits which the status brings. “it will be a massive help towards the band’s ever increasing running costs,” Fred added.
The band’s busy schedule under leader Mark Peacock saw it enjoying a fantastic Sunday recently at Ferraris Hotel and restaurant in Thornley celebrating the Queen’s 90th Birthday. They play for Longridge Catenians concert at White Lee Hall on Sunday May 22,then it’s Longridge Field Day on June 11 when band members will head the parade through town.
The next day, Sunday June 12, they are marking the 20th anniversary of the film ‘Brassed Off’ with a special fun event at the Palace Cinema planned with owner Dorothy Williams. “There are just 160 tickets and if it’s a success Mrs Williams says she may run it a second time!” Fred stateds. The band’s spring and summer programme continues on July 2 with the Midsummer Proms with Louise Coupe as ‘Britannia.’