We waited until 3rd and then it was time for our first outdoor engagement of the summer at Grange over Sands bandstand. As we arrived we had some spots of rain on the car window but it came to nothing and the band played on. The crowd were many and very receptive, we played a few pieces for them and in the second half braved offering the audience to select a hymn from the hymn book we use which has 120 in. I’m pleased to say we survived the ordeal and carried playing the second half of the concert which consisted mainly of music from various films. We will be back at Grange in September, it is a nice setting.
Sunday 10th and the afternoon finds us in Maudes Meadow Kendal for St. Thomas’s Church annual Party In The Park. A lovely sunny afternoon proved just right for outside playing, in shirt sleeves as it was too hot for jackets. Great cakes and refreshments at the interval, free for everyone thanks to the generosity of the church people, but one of our members must have over endulged as when we sat to start the second half his chair collapsed. He shall remain nameless to avoid embarrassment but in true banding tradition he held his instrument up as he fell to prevent it from getting damaged, a question of priorities. Lets hope the sun shines again next year.
Saturday 23rd and we have a private engagement at a wedding reception. Best wishes for your future life together Stan and Dani from all the Band members.
Sunday 24th and what a wet start to the day and we are due in Happy Mount Park in Morecambe at 2:30pm. Well we set off and drive down the M6 in a downpour but when we reach Morecambe the rain stops and the clouds break up to allow the sun to peep through. We set up on the concrete to avoid chairs sinking in the wet lawns and start to play, a large crowd slowly assemble and before long all the park benches and seats visible are full, even deckchairs are in use. A few odd spots at the start of the second half come to nothing and we finish our programme to warm applause from the gathered crowd. A special thanks must be said to Steve Tarry, for conducting us while our own Stuart Moore was at a family christening, Colin, Chris and Alistair for covering for some of our own players who could not make it. Thanks also for the very generous donations into the bucket from the crowd.