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History was made at Preston North End FC on December 22nd with the unveiling of a memorial tribute to the Dick, Kerr Ladies football team to commemorate one hundred years since they played their first game at this famous stadium. The wall mounted memorial is the first of its kind in the world and is made from 3.5 tonnes of granite and will stand six metres high by four meters wide.The event attracted a large audience who were entertained by the East Lancashire Concert Band and a combined choir made up of The Kirkham Singers and Freckleton Village Singers. The band played a special arrangement of the Preston North End anthem ‘Margie’ which had been arranged especially for them and was the first time it had been played. BBC Radio Lancashire broadcasted live from the car park with John Gillmore and the unveiling took place at 3.00pm.
East Lancashire Concert Band continues to celebrate its 175th anniversary by launching an exhibition of photographs, artefacts, and history "story boards" at Accrington Library.
The collection was presented to the library following earlier displays at the Hyndburn Heritage Centre and, as part of "Amazing Accrington", at the Howarth Art Gallery.
The band was founded in 1842 as Accrington Old Band and led the parade of the Pals Battalion in September 1914.
The exhibition will remain in the library until the 16th November so there is plenty of time to come and look at the exhibition.
The band were pleased to collborate with Blackburn on Drama Club during October in the Thwaites Empire Theatre.
We played a specially chosen programme of 1930s music to support the Club's award-winning play, 'Address Unknown'.
The play had enjoyed a successful tour across the country, but finally came home to the Thwaites Empire Theatre, Ewood. Along the way the Drama Club collected no fewer than 9 Festival Trophies, ranging from Best Male Actor to Audience’s Choice, with extremely appreciative responses from all the audiences.
During the first half of the performance, the band played music from famous composers such as Gershwin and Benny Goodman, and from popular shows from the era such as The Desert Song and New Moon. This set the mood for the evening and led perfectly into the curtain music for the play – Cole Porter’s 'Night and Day.'
We're very pleased that an article covering the band's remarkable history appears in the June edition of this popular and vibrant regional magazine.
Check out the article by clicking on the 'History of the Band' tab and following the link to the article.
We were honoured to be asked to provide the music for a 'last night of the proms' event in the grounds of this magnificent Grade II listed building near Preston on Saturday 15th July. The event was a mixture of light, entertaining music followed by a spectacular proms-style finish, including fireworks!