Brass band brings festive spirit to busy shoppers

Cheerful faces on a rainy day - members of Bedale Brass Band

By Betsy Everett

Bedale Brass Band brought Christmas cheer to rain-soaked shoppers at a Catterick supermarket at the weekend with a session of seasonal carols.

The band, which was formed nearly 40 years ago, played non-stop as mums, dads, granddads and children paused to listen and to drop a donation into the collecting tin.

With around 40 members aged from eight to 90, the band travels to towns all over the region in the festive season, and gives two major concerts a year.

The next will be on Saturday, December 21, at the Church of St Mary and St Alkelda in Middleham.

Bedale Brass Band playing at Tesco at the weekend.

Posted by Richmondshire Today on Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Chairman Ken Hughes said they were always looking for new recruits, and wanted especially to encourage young people to take up the hobby.

“We can take people who’ve never picked up an instrument in their life and teach them to play from scratch. They don’t need an instrument or any experience at all just a willingness to give it a go,” he said.

The senior band practises every Wednesday from 7.30-9.30pm at Leeming village hall, DL7 9SS. Drop in or call 01609 774691 for details.