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12 DEC 2001

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Formby Band.

This week the Formby Band played at the United Reform Church on Saturday, for their annual Christmas Carol Concert.  

The Formby Band recently embarked on its most ambitious venture in its 27 year history. It has arranged a series of combined concerts with some of the countries leading brass bands. The first in a series of three took place on Saturday 6th October 2001 at the Floral Hall, Southport with the visit of Fodens Band. Fodens Band is one of the most exciting and talented bands in the UK. National Brass Band Champions in 1999, runners up in 2001 and winners of scores of other contests they joined with The Formby Band to present an ambitious programme of traditional and modern music. Grimethorpe and Black Dyke Mills Band have also indicated their willingness to participate in similar ventures next year. According to the Band’s Musical Director, Louise Hough, ‘It is extremely encouraging to find that such well established and famous bands are prepared to work with us in this way.’ 

The Formby Band has its roots firmly within the local community. Over its 27 year history it has recruited over 300 players and is rightly proud of the achievements of its junior members – including selection for the National Youth Brass Band, university scholarships, musical careers with the armed forces and countless prizes at local and regional music festivals.

New instruments were purchased with national Lottery funding in 1997 and more was granted to commission musical arrangements from Don Lusher [Ted Heath Band] and Patrick Moore [ Sky at Night].

This Christmas the Band is performing at 12 different concert venues this year.

The Band is always on the look out for experienced musicians and anyone interested in joining should contact Tony Jackson on 0151 737 2173. Practices are held every Wednesday evening 8pm – 10pm at the RAFA Club, Victoria Road, Formby. 

Any further queries please ring me on 01704 834643/831561.
Many thanks for your support.

Article by Eric Gowling

(Above) Formby band preparing for Saturday night.
Salvation Army Plays to Shoppers.
The Salvation army was out in force on Saturday entertaining customers and shoppers around Southport Station.
Merseyside Police Authority Forum.
The next MPA -Merseyside Police Authority Forum will be held at 
Ainsdale Methodist Church Hall,
666a Liverpool Road,
Tuesday 8th January 2002 7.30pm. 

Police and community forums gives members of the public a chance to meet police officers from various departments, including their local constables, and an opportunity to discuss policing issues.  People may also wish to make some suggestions about the quality of policing in your area. 

There will be a discussion on youth disorder. 
Don't forget, it's YOUR police service, come along and air your views!

Photographs on this page are by Patrick.