The band’s busy season is almost at an end for this year culminating in our sell-out Christmas Concert at the Lowther Pavilion in Lytham last weekend. The band and junior band enjoyed playing, and hope the audience liked it too! Thanks to Tariq Ahmed for compering the concert for us and all the helpers who did great work behind the scenes to make it a success.
The band have been out carolling on the streets of Freckleton and will be out again on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day with the final carol and jingle bells at Ponky’s in the afternoon.
As the year draws to a close, the band would like to thank Margaret Mason for loaning us a van to transport our equipment to the engagements, Snape’s Butchers and all those in and around the village who have given us raffle prizes and donations.
Finally, thank you to everyone who has come to our concerts, it makes all the practice worthwhile.
Have a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.
The band were saddened to hear that Jimmy Eaves passed away on the 15th December after a long stay in hospital.
“Jimmy started playing cornet with the Lytham Brass Band some time in the 1950s, unfortunately, this was the decade the Lytham band folded. He was asked to come to Freckleton Brass Band and joined early in the 1960s playing both Bb and soprano cornet.
In the late 1970s and 1980s he played soprano cornet with the Dutton Forshaw Band (Blackpool Brass) and then he temporarily retired. Jimmy loved marches so he was asked to return to Freckleton on Bass Drum – his first response was not printable, but gradually he came round to the idea after the drum was deposited at his home! On march days with Jimmy on drum you were never far away from a laugh and joke.
After surgery on his foot to amputate his big toe he gave up marching joking he could now only march in circles, however, for a while Jimmy played with the Freckleton Has Bins as the drummer on their mobile bandstand.
Jimmy will be remembered not just by the Freckleton Band but most bands on the Fylde who he played for or helped out at some time. He made many friends wherever he played and his friendship and sense of fun will be sorely missed.”
The band had their Christmas do at Lorenzo’s in the village on Friday night. Chairman Jonathan Parton presented the Bandsperson of the Year to Gail Howard, and Player of the Year to Rachael Critchley. The Most iIproved Player award was presented at Thursday’s rehearsal to George Cobham. Congratulations to you all! As you can see from the gallery, a good night was had by all!
The band are already busy in the run-up to Christmas, the first concert with the Preston Musical Comedy Society being a huge sell-out success at the Preston Playhouse. The band also played carols at the Christmas Tree Lighting in the village on Tuesday followed by the traditional carolling around the streets. This Saturday, the band again join forces with Preston Orpheus Choir for a Festive Christmas at St Michael and All Angels Church. On the 17th, the band are hoping for a full house at Lowther where the band will be joined by the junior band for their annual concert.
£75 – Mark Rossall – 6
£50 – Brenda Butler – 161
£25 – Paul Dutton – 36
£20 – Gordon Knight – 133
£10 – George Hambelton – 59
£10 – C Rawstrone – 184
£10 – Geoff Ogden – 121
Congratulations to all the winners!
The junior band braved wintry showers on Friday evening to play carols for the Kirkham Christmas Lights switch-on. Having done several ‘solo’ engagements this season, they will be reunited with the senior band at the annual Christmas concert on 17th December at Lowther Pavilion. Please note, tickets sell out for this event, so book early!
Once again the band were proud to take part in the Remembrance Sunday parades in St Anne’s and then Freckleton. It is a credit to the people of Fylde that so many made the effort to commemorate the fallen in the service of their country in times of conflict.
Freckleton Youth Band provided the musical entertainment for guests arriving at a charity ball on Saturday 11th November. Performing in the entrance to the Woodland Suite at Ribby Hall, Kirkham, they played throughout the pre-meal drinks at the URPotential event, kicking off the proceedings in style.
Come and see us on Friday 24th November in Kirkham, where we will be getting into the Christmas spirit playing carols at the Town End for the switch-on of the Christmas lights.
Freckleton Youth Band performed a very successful concert to a packed house at Holy Trinity Church on Friday 20th October. Playing a mixture of film music, marches, arrangements of folk songs and some staple junior band favourites, they were warmly received by the audience and the church, who were raising money for a new path outside the church. We were very happy to make a new link within the community, and plans are afoot for another concert early next year!
£75 – 152 Joyce Slater
£50 – 137 Mrs McGuffie
£25 – 124 Mrs D Watt
£20 – 128 Val Warren
£10 – 87 Sylvia Howard
£10 – 69 Mr B Gooden
£10 – 44 Kath Threlfall
Congratulations to all the winners!