Brass band trust welcome successful year

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Organisers of the Summer Brass Band Concerts in Wetherby say they think they have witnessed the most successful season in 15 years.

The 22-week long season, running on Sunday afternoons to September 27, saw some of Yorkshire’s finest perform in the riverside bandstand at the Wilderness.

“All grassed areas were often filled, with the audiences beginning to congregate with deck chairs, newspapers and picnics up to an hour before the bands were due to start at 2.30pm,” said Wetherby Riverside Bandstand Trust Secretary Mary Gray.

“They were content in the knowledge that they would enjoy the musical repertoire performed by many of Yorkshire’s finest top section bands who visit from around the region.

“This was the trusts 15th year and some would say the season with the greatest public attendance.”

Mary added: “Visiting bands are allowed to make a collection on the day and the Trust pay a fee of £150 which is raised largely by public donations and contributions from the Town Council and Leeds City Council.”

She explained that the concerts are staged thanks to a small army of volunteers who turn out each weekend to welcome the bands, connect the sound system, set up seating for the band and tidy away afterwards.

And help is needed for next year, as Mary added: “The team attend in pairs on a rota basis and the Trust would welcome any new volunteers for the 2016 season.” Please contact the Trust Secretary Mrs. Mary Gray on 01937 520578.