Ian bangs drum for ex­hi­bi­tion

Accrington Observer - - NEWS -

AN ex­hi­bi­tion cel­e­brat­ing the East Lan­cashire Con­cert Band is run­ning at Ac­cring­ton Li­brary.

The band’s Ian McGuin­ness be­came hon­orary cu­ra­tor for the day at the band’s cel­e­bra­tion ex­hi­bi­tion, held to mark its 175th an­niver­sary.

Ian said: “I went equipped with an an­tique gramo­phone, col­lec­tion of pre-World War One records and a vin­tage big bass drum.”

Most of the work on com­pil­ing the his­tory and putting to­gether the ex­hi­bi­tion was done by trum­peter Nick Holme.

Ac­cring­ton Pals his­to­rian Les Bond was pre­sented with one of the Band’s 175 years com­mem­o­ra­tive badges in recog­ni­tion of his work with them.

The big bass drum, as al­ways, proved to be a ‘big hit’.

The East Lan­cashire Con­cert Band was formed in 1842 as Ac­cring­ton Old Band and has also been known as the Ac­cring­ton Mil­i­tary Band and Hyn­d­burn Con­cert Band. They were re­spon­si­ble for lead­ing mil­i­tary pa­rades through the town in­clud­ing the iconic pa­rade fea­tur­ing the Ac­cring­ton Pals Bat­tal­ion when it formed in Septem­ber 1914.

The free ex­hi­bi­tion con­tin­ues at Ac­cring­ton Li­brary un­til Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 15.

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