Hitting all right notes at proms

IN TUNE: Pilling Jubilee Band

IN TUNE: Pilling Jubilee Band

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Pomp and ceremony came to Preesall when the Parrox Hall proms got underway.

The event proved a resounding success with music by the Pilling Jubilee Silver Band, swing group, the PMC Dance Band and classical singer, Danielle Riding.

Audience members picnicked in the grand setting, popping champagne and donning red, white and blue to wave their flags and create a truly British atmosphere.

The evening, 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.”