Bands join forces for cancer fundraiser

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A MILITARY & Pipe Band charity concert featuring The Band and Drums of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (Lancashire), and the Burgh of Langholm Pipes & Drums takes to the Buccleuch Centre stage this Saturday.

The Band and Drums of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (Lancashire) play in Langholm this Saturday
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The Band and Drums of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (Lancashire) play in Langholm this Saturday

The concert is in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and Langholm Day Centre and both bands appear for free so all ticket sales will go directly to the charities.

The centre agreed to place an entry in the current What’s On guide for free and EWM agreed to print the publicity materials and programmes without charge.

The president of the RRF band is Lt Colonel (retd) Eric Davidson who originally hails from Jedburgh. Col Davidson formed the band in 1997 to continue the musical traditions of the regiment in its garrison town of Bury when the professional military bands suffered cuts as a result of restructuring of army music. All band members are volunteers.

Since the band formed, it has travelled extensively, with highlights including being invited as guest band at the Hamilton International Military Tattoo in Canada twice, performing at the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium, and for the Fusiliers Regiment in Celle, Germany.

The band performs extensively in north west England during the year at public concerts and military functions, including the annual Galipolli and Minden commemorations in Bury each year.

The band is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017 and this concert in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and Langholm Day Centre is one of a number of charity events and concerts which the band and its members are undertaking during the year.

In June director of music Cathie Brooks and euphonium player Graham Barnes performed tandem sky dives from 15,000 feet raising more than £3,000 for Cancer Research UK.

The musical programme will include something for everyone’s musical taste, with military marches, West End musicals and pipe band favourites such as Highland Cathedral. The concert concludes with a spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo-style massed bands finale.

Tickets are £10 for adults and £8 for under 16s and over 65s and available from Langholm Pipe Band committee members or Jackie Fletcher 07784 211358 or Russell Brooks 07767 832542.

Russell has played with the RRF band for 16 years and his wife Cathie is the director of music. He has worked in Langholm for six years as general manager of ProQuip, part of the EWM Group.

On Sunday the band travels to Jedburgh to perform in the afternoon with the Jedburgh Forest Pipe Band before returning by coach to Bury in the evening.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 12:05PM
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