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Fire destroys Unison Kinneil band room

Thursday 6 June, 2019

A fire suspected to have been started by vandals at Bo'ness United football ground on Tuesday 4 June has engulfed the home of Unison Kinneil Band. The full extent of the damage at present is unknown as the fire service in their handover of the premises following the incident stipulated the building shouldn’t be entered as the structure of the building was still unsafe. However, initial reports suggest very little has survived.

From the carnage, the fire crew managed to retrieve the two trophies recently won by the band in their second placings at the Scottish Championships and the Fife Charities contests, along with a box of stands, stand banners and march packs.

Band Secretary Robert Doherty commented: "We are devastated. Our annual concert is planned for next week, 14 June, and we have an engagement this weekend in Fauldhouse. June is a busy month for the band with several local public events that are vital to the band's financial position."

He continued: "We believed that the fire was deliberately started in rolls of material being used to resurface the football pitch to an all-weather facility. Instruments and music can be replaced, but the memorabilia are priceless to us as we have a proud history going back to 1858."

In March the band qualified for the Cheltenham First Section National Finals and claimed a top ten finish at the Senior Trophy in May. Robert Doherty explained: "It is an obvious setback in the band's preparation for the National finals come September, but we shall be doing our utmost to minimise the impact it will have on these preparations. We have been overwhelmed by the support from the banding community in Scotland and further afield. Once we have had time to establish our needs in the short and long term, we can then take the viable options to get us through this dilemma. Falkirk East MSP, Angus MacDonald, stated that he would also do everything he could to help."

A JustGiving page has been set up to help the band with immediate costs and to ensure it can meet its financial responsibilities to events and undertakings that it is committed to. Robert commented: "The response to this page has been tremendous and we can’t thank those that have contributed enough in their generosity. Any assistance, be it material or financial, will be greatly appreciated."

The link to the JustGiving page is: https:/­/­­crowdfunding/­supportkinneilband?utm_term=Kk8G7Nyx7