Proms at Parrox hits right note

Pilling Jubilee Silver Band entertain
Pilling Jubilee Silver Band entertain

A ‘Last Night of the Proms’ with a difference was staged in Preesall – starring Pilling Jubilee Silver Band.

The Proms at the Parrox event was held at Parrox Hall in Park Lane on Saturday.

Crowds enjoy the event

Crowds enjoy the event

The evening, which also featured classical singer Danielle Riding from Preesall and the PMC Dance Band, a swing group with players from the area, was held to help raise funds for the brass band’s musicians to compete at the National Brass Band Championships.

The band has netted a place in the finals of the contest, to be held in Cheltenham on September 2, for the first time in its 75-year history.

And thanks to more than 100 people who attended the event and the proceeds of a grand raffle organised by Jim Redman, it has now raised the £5,000 needed for travel, accommodation and other costs.

Pauline Schofield, a cornet player with the band, said: “It was a brilliant evening. We handed out Union flags for everybody to wave and as part of our repertoire we played Jerusalem, Fantasia on British Sea Songs and Pomp and Circumstance. We have achieved our target and we are absolutely delighted. It is definitely with the help and support of our community, which we’re extremely grateful for.

“We’ve had considerable donations from Pilling Parish Council, Preesall Parish Council, Pilling Freemasons Lodge, £1,000 from Lancashire County Council via County Coun Vivian Taylor, Garstang Lions, Big Bill’s Pig Club, Preesall Gala Committee and Shovels Fun Run in Hambleton.

“We’re practising like crazy now with the intention of bringing back a prize if we can. We want to do it for the community because they’ve given us tonnes of support.”