Published: 21 October 2021
Darlington Building Society has hit the right note with a North-East brass band aiming for national honours.
Spennymoor Town Band is the latest community organisation to benefit from the Society’s annual 5% Pledge to donate five per cent of its profits to good causes.
The band who competed in the finals of the National Brass Band Championship of Great Britain this month received a £500 grant from the building society’s community fund.
The band’s vice president, Hugh Stephenson, said: “This is a really big help to us because it’s money we can spend on more music sheets for both the town band and the youth band, so we can add new arrangements to our performances.
“Our fundraising has been hit hard by the pandemic but it’s wonderful to know that we have a community-focused organisation like Darlington Building Society ready to help us out at such an important time.”
As a thank you, some of the band’s members popped down to the Society’s Bishop Auckland branch to meet the staff.
Branch manager Clare Sutton said: “Spennymoor Town Band does the region proud with the quality of its music, and we’re delighted to be able to help such a great local charity. To hear the money is going to be spent on expanding the repertoire is music to our ears!”
Spennymoor Town Band was founded around 1890 but members were unable to play together for 14 months during the pandemic, having to make do with practising on Zoom.
Just before the national lockdown in March last year, the band had successfully performed at the North of England Brass Band Championships, winning through to the national finals in Cheltenham. Sadly, they had to be cancelled last year but this year was able to go ahead.
The band are now preparing for a Christmas concert at Spennymoor Town Hall at 7.30pm on December 4.