Wetherby Silver Band in urgent appeal for cash

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Wetherby Silver Band officials are making a last ditch appeal for cash to get them to the National Brass Band Championship finals later this month.

The group needs £3,000 to cover the costs of an overnight stay for its 30-strong outfit to compete in the prestigious finals in Cheltenham on September 21.

Band spokesman Norman Staples said: “We have raised about a third of the costs and we are hoping to have raised half of the amount by the time we go.

“But we are making a last minute appeal because we are trying to bring to people’s attention that the little town of Wetherby has got a band that is representing Yorkshire against others from England, Scotland and Wales.

“It’s a great achievement but competition is going to be pretty tough.”

The band, which was formed in 1978, qualified at the Yorkshire Area Championships at Bradford in March, along with Dinnington, and the race has been on since then to fund the trip, while also meeting the £8,000 annual running costs.

“Requests have been made to both Wetherby Town Council and Leeds City Council for help in raising this amount but any donations to help reach the amount required would be most welcome,” added Mr Staples.

All bands in the finals will be expected to play the test piece symphony for brass by Viadmirovitch Ewald, arranged by Michael Hopkinson which is in three parts and about ten minutes long and uses the whole band.

Donations can be made by contacting Wetherby Silver Band secretary Fred Lyn on 01937 585656.