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Friday 15 May, 2020

Like all other music groups in the UK, Langholm Town Band has been unable to meet up to rehearse and play in public due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

The last time Langholm played together was on stage at the Scottish Championships in Perth in March, when it qualified to represent Scotland at the National Championships at Cheltenham in September.

Friday, May 8 was due to be the night when Langholmites would elect their Cornet for 2020 and the town band would have set off from the town hall at 7pm, playing Jeannies Black E’e, one of the Common Riding marches, to the Buccleuch Centre where the crucial voting would take place.

But neither the town nor the band were to be beaten. Langholm secretary Christine Calvert suggested that a social distancing video could be recorded of playing Jeannie’s Black E'e and launching the recording on the Friday at 7pm, as would have happened in normal times. To date since the launch, the video has been viewed more than 6000 times.

Musical director Chris Shanks and cornet player Josh Calvert worked on pulling the individual tracks and videos together, with the full project having been in the planning for around four weeks.

“Unfortunately some of the band members were unable to take part due to work commitments as we have key workers in our ranks,” said Christine.

“Some of the band members have had a few laughs and several takes while recording their part but all have enjoyed the experience."

Latest updates will be posted on Langholm Town Band’s Facebook page.