Brass band will help celebrate anniversary

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DEDICATED members of one of St Helens’ oldest brass bands have every reason to smile.

That’s because the Parr Band has big plans to make the most of its 75th anniversary year - with a little help from a £22,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

With the help of St Helens Council’s cultural funding advisor, the band, which practices at Lancots Lane in Sutton twice a week, has secured enough money to produce a commemorative booklet and DVD, stage an exhibition and hold two community presentations.

Another major part of the anniversary project will be an oral history programme – involving interviews with band members past and present.

Memories of those who have taken part in competitions over the years will also be recorded onto a DVD and made available through local libraries.

Band secretary Peter Eddleston said: “The grant will go a long way towards ensuring the culture and heritage of brass bands is celebrated in St Helens. To help us achieve this we’d like to hear from as many people as possible who’ve been connected with the Parr Band – so they can play their part in creating this unique historical record.”

Deputy council leader Barrie Grunewald said: “Brass bands feature prominently in the history of our town – and we’re delighted that we’ve able to help one of our leading bands celebrate their remarkable contribution to local life.”

Have you been a member of the Parr Band in the past? If so, Peter Eddleston would like to hear from you.

Contact him via e-mail at: peter_eddleston@blueyonder.co.uk