Worth braving the wet weather

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Formby Hall, Atherton was the venue for Wingates Band second Sunday Matinee Concert on Sunday.

And an audience that had braved the inclement weather enjoyed a first class performance of an entertaining programme.

Conductor Andy Berryman got the concert off to a lively start with Kenneth Alford’s march titled ‘On the Quarterdeck’ while the Royal Air Force opened the second half with Dawson’s arrangement of Eric Coates ‘Dambusters’.

The Army also featured with Denis Wright’s arrangement of Stanford Robinson’s composition ‘The British Grenadiers’.

Each military number received heart warming applause.

Tony Smalls’s arrangement of Karl Jenkins ‘The Armed Man’ brought the concert to an end but a rapturous applause resulted in a very suitable encore – ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ which included considerable audience input.

The next Matinee by Wingates Band will be on Sunday, July 8 at 2-00pm and is titled ‘Cry of the Celts’.

The next Sunday evening concert will be on May 20 and features Wigan Youth Brass Band. The concert starts at 7.30pm.

For both concerts its ‘pay at the door’.