Season ends on successful note

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Young musicians of Sheffield’s Stannington band brought the curtain down on the 2013 Wetherby riverside concert series.

And now programme organiser - Wetherby Riverside Bandstand Trust - is seeking donations to raise over £3,300 to stage next year’s events.

Trust secretary Mrs Mary Gray said: “We still receive some support from Wetherby Town Council and Leeds City Council but most of our funding comes from individuals’ donations.”

Since April 22 concerts have been played, each by a different band, offering an eclectic mix of rousing marches, inspiring hymns and popular selections from great composers, the movies and musical theatre.

The programme’s organisers invited a good cross section with young musicians developing their skills in smaller bands, while giving larger bands such as Wetherby and Harrogate the chance to show how polished they are.

Depending on the weather, audiences have travelled from across the region and ranged from fewer than 50 to more than 300.

A trust spokesman said that conductors say how much their bands enjoy playing at the Wetherby bandstand which was opened in 2000.

There is no admission charge, though each band is allowed to supplement the modest fee the trust pays them by taking a collection.

The Trust also needs more volunteers to help prepare the bandstand each week.

Donations to: Mr KJ Bennett, at Red Cottage, Tockwith Road, Long Marston, near Wetherby, YO26 7PJ. Volunteers phone Mrs Gray on 01937 520578.