Blowing hot

PUBLISHED: 11:34 06 July 2006 | UPDATED: 10:23 06 May 2010

The band in action

The band in action

IT was blowing hot and hot in Hitchin Market Place on Saturday. There was little respite from the blazing sun for members of Hitchin Band when they undertook a marathon blow to raise funds for their upkeep. Starting at 9am and going on until into the Eng

IT was blowing hot and hot in Hitchin Market Place on Saturday.

There was little respite from the blazing sun for members of Hitchin Band when they undertook a marathon blow to raise funds for their upkeep.

Starting at 9am and going on until into the England football match, the band played nearly 100 pieces of music - without repeating anything.

The weather started off hot, and it didn't get any cooler with temperatures rising to over 30C.

The band was grateful to Hitchin Town Centre Initiative for the marquee it provided which kept the worst of the sun off them.

Many shoppers stayed around just to listen to the band.

There were requests for specific tunes to be played by the band while other listeners just enjoyed the wide choice of music played.

Even the football fans who congregated later in the day appreciated some of the musical choices especially the Queen medley including We Will Rock You and We Are the Champions - although sadly that did not turn out to be the case for England.

With prizes for "name that tune" as well as children's games, the day was not just about raising funds for the band but entertaining the audience.

Due to players leaving for university, the band is currently looking for cornet and trombone players to supplement its existing membership. For more information, ring band secretary David Milsom on 01582 665024 or via the website www.hitchinband. co.uk

The band, which was formed in the 1860s, will next be performing at Benington Village Fete on July 15 and again in Hitchin at the Rhythms of the World Festival on July 16.


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