Hebden Bridge was alive with the sound of brass music at Holme Street Centre with members of the town’s junior band playing to packed audiences at their Autumn Fair.
Making their public debuts were the new ‘A’ band drummer, 13-year-old Calder High School pupil Anna Carnochan, and the band’s new chair, Megan Horne, herself a former player who has now come full circle.
Megan started her musical career with the band when she was seven, playing up to the age of 18. and it was very much a family affair with sister Cerian on the cornet and her mum, Liz, on the committee for 12 years. So she was only too pleased to become involved again when her 11-year-old daughter, Gabriella, joined on the trombone and has now agreed to become chair - and also to take lessons for youngsters wishing to join the band.
“I had many very happy years playing with the band - it really is a fantastic and very sociable experience and I was so pleased when Gabriella showed an interest in joining. So I’m back here again and hopefully my own experience as a former player will come in useful,” she said.
Other highlights of the fair included solos by Soprano cornet Anton Caldwell, and Rhiannon Scorer on the tenor horn.
The fair - which is also a way of reaching out to those interested in joining - was a huge success and raised about £430.