FORMIDABLE FODEN'S - Full coverage from the 2021 National Brass Band Championships

Issue 6112

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Easington's joy at sponsorship boost

Saturday 9 October, 2021

The Easington Colliery Band has enjoyed an exciting couple of weeks, following up a win at the recent Bolsover Festival of Brass with news that its sponsorship deal is to be extended.

The County Durham band’s sponsor, Michael Watt – co-owner of Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London – is to renew his advice and financial assistance of the band, seven years since he first became involved.

Thanks to Michael’s support, the band has been able to build for the future by refurbishing the old colliery pay office, creating a larger rehearsal space with adjoining classrooms and a community café.

Peter Lawson, band manager of Easington Colliery Band, said: “Michael rang me last week wishing the band luck for the forthcoming Bolsover Festival of Brass and also told me to let the band know that he wanted to guarantee the future of the band by continuing his sponsorship for many more years. I was so glad to call him on Monday morning to let him know of our victory in the competition and he was so pleased and proud.”

Easington is continuing to press ahead, with plans under way for the formation of a junior section and music academy to serve the local area which was once named as one of the most deprived areas of the country.

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