Flood-hit band in cash plea

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

A BRASS band has suf­fered disas­ter months in its prepa­ra­tion for the na­tional cham­pi­onships.

Flash flood­ing in Poyn­ton ear­lier this month badly af­fected the base­ment of the band room of Ver­non Building So­ci­ety (Poyn­ton) Band.

Wa­ter dam­aged its li­brary, af­fect­ing half of its 800 sets of mu­sic, in­clud­ing rare hand­writ­ten pieces.

Per­cus­sion­ist Dave John­son, who over­saw the clean-up op­er­a­tion, said the flood­ing had caused wide­spread dam­age.

He said: “It was soul de­stroy­ing to have to throw away so many pieces of mu­sic in­clud­ing orig­i­nal hand­writ­ten mu­sic from the 1920s.”

The band was due to play at the Party in the Park event on June 10, the day of the floods, but it was can­celled.

Ver­non weren’t the only band af­fected. Poyn­ton Youth Band store some of their equip­ment in the base­ment and much of that was badly dam­aged by the floods.

But the mu­sic group are de­ter­mined to re­cover in time to rep­re­sent the North West at the Na­tional Fi­nals in Septem­ber.

There they hope to be crowned cham­pi­ons of the 1st Sec­tion.

In the mean­time the band is busy rais­ing much needed funds to help to­wards the £4,000 cost of at­tend­ing the fi­nals.

If you want to help the band with a do­na­tion or spon­sor­ship you can visit them at www. gold­en­giv­ing.com/wall/ ver­non-building-so­ci­ety­brass-band.

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