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[Archive] - Uniforms 2000

The Harrogate Band needs new uniforms! The current burgundy-coloured blazers have served the Band well for many years but are now reaching the end of their useful lives! To buy smart new uniforms for all thirty-five players (with a few spares) will cost the Band several thousand pounds. (See impression of the new jackets on the right)

A major fundraising programme was held through the summer which has now raised sufficient proceeds to enable us to order the new uniforms. Our thanks to all who have contributed to, supported or organised any of the events!

Our first event was a Cake Stall held in Ripon Market Place. Many people spent lots of time baking and the results were obviously very tempting as we sold all of our wares. At the same time the Northern Regional Committee made a donation to the band following our help with the stage management at this year's contest, making a welcome start to our uniform fund.

Our next event was a 'racing' success at the first Harrogate Grand Prix. This event was organised by stewards Steve Morland and David Lancaster, both of whom are Scalextric enthusiasts! The Grand Prix started with qualifying stages before a knockout and final team event. The whole evening was full of thrills and spills with games galore and even a bookie: "Honest Ian" Bristow. The food was the pits!! That is, food was served in the pits and liquid fuel was available all night, courtesy of Daleside Brewery!

In July we held an Auction Sale at Harrogate Grammar School, with goods and promises going "under the hammer".

Early August saw our uniform appeal go nation-wide as flugel horn player Jason Harper undertook his sponsored cycle ride from Land's End to John O'Groats. Jason was supported on this gruelling ride by David Cole and we congratulate them both on their success.

Band member David Pye held a Wine and Cheese Party in aid of our funds in August at his home in Bilton. Fine wines, fine cheeses and fine music were supplied by the Harrogate Band.

A "Copper Amnesty" was established - a bucket in the bandroom was quickly filled with loose change, copper and even silver.

A major Gala Concert was held in the impressive setting of Ripon Cathedral on Friday 24th September. Guest soloist was Alan Morrison, and the programme included music to suit all tastes, concluding with a performance of Tchaikovsky's magnificent 1812 Overture. A splendid evening, with superb playing from our guest, Alan, thoroughly enjoyed by the band and audience alike. Many thanks to our MD, David Lancaster, for organising this so effectively and profitably!