Hebden Bridge band back home after flooding

YORK CONCERT: Hebden Bridge Junior Band performs outside Bettys Cafe.

YORK CONCERT: Hebden Bridge Junior Band performs outside Bettys Cafe.

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Hebden Bridge Junior Band’s festive programme started on a high note with a trip to York, where it took part in a brass band themed weekend, playing outside Betty’s Cafe in St Helen’s Square.

It’s the busiest time of the year for the band, which like most of the Calder Valley, was badly hit by last year’s Boxing Day Floods.

PIE SUPPER: Band members enjoy the Christmas pie and peas meal

PIE SUPPER: Band members enjoy the Christmas pie and peas meal

The band has now returned to Hebden Bridge where it has taken up the generous offer of storage space and rehearsal rooms at the Masonic Hall, thanks to The Lodge of Prince Frederick.

Parents, friends and supporters attended the Christmas pie and peas event and the band was invited to play at the Hebden Bridge and Heptonstall lights switch-on events.

Other forthcoming engagements include entertaining residents of Elphaborough Close in Mytholmroyd, who have only recently moved back into their homes after the floods, and the residents of Mytholm Meadows.

The young musicians will also be greeting rail travellers outside Hebden Bridge station on Monday 12 December and bag packing and playing at Morrisons supermarket in Todmorden on Saturday 17 December and Friday 23 December.

VERY BUSY: The band will be at the Carols in the Square event.

VERY BUSY: The band will be at the Carols in the Square event.

Later that day they have been asked to play for ITV Calendar’s Christmas special which will be broadcast live from the town. The annual concert at Mytholmroyd Working Men’s Club is on Sunday 18 December, when any former players are welcome to come along and join in. And the Christmas finale is, of course, Carols in the Square, on Christmas Eve.

The band is looking for bookings and also for venues to play concerts in the New Year – and is always looking for new members to join, whether or not they have any musical experience.

Both lessons and instrument hire are available for those aged between seven and 18 for a small fee.

Anyone interested please contact Megan on 07879 998151.