Ian bangs drum for exhibition
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.