The Yorkshire brass band fraternity is rallying round to help support Hebden Bridge Junior Band, which lost not only its home but a large amount of music and equipment in the Boxing Day floods.
The youngsters, aged from 8 to 18, have been given a temporary home a few miles down the road by Friendly Band – proving themselves to be not only friendly by name, but by nature! But the band has been struggling to get back on its feet after its storage and rehearsal rooms were left under several feet of water.
To show it is down, but definitely not out, the band decided to hold its annual Spring Fair outdoors after finding every other possible venue had also been hit by the floods. And it is now asking anyone who has a brass instrument to join them in a fund-raising “Massed Blast” in St George’s Square, in Hebden Bridge town centre, on Saturday, March 12, from 12.30pm.
Invites have gone out to all local bands in the region – including Black Dyke Mills and others as far afield as Grimethorpe. The call has also gone out to all former junior band members to turn up and show their support.
‘We have a had a good response from the brass band community so far and are hoping for a huge turnout,” said band chair Liz Glassbrook. “If only a couple of players turn up from each of the bands invited it promises to be a truly memorable day for brass band fans. We have asked the musicians to turn up in their band colours and with their banners so spectators know where they are from. It is also to raise the plight of all the flood victims in the town, of which there are so many, and our attempt to bring some life and colour back to Hebden Bridge.”
The Yorkshire Regiment Band were the first to do this when it gave a free concert in the square back in January, to show solidarity with the flood-ravaged town. Representatives will be there again, and Brighouse and Rastrick members will also be there. There will also be a cake and book stall during the “Massed Blast”. Performances will be held at 12.30pm, 1.45pm and 3.15pm.