Clitheroe Town Band ‘thanks’ for hospital that saved musician’s life

SPECIAL CONCERT: Kevin is pictured on the back row, second left, with fellow members of Clitheroe Town Band including, front row, from left to right, Sonia Grimshaw and Julie Bleasdale, back row, from left to right, Bill Carter, Kevin, Eileen Dickinson and Vanessa Warren. (s)
SPECIAL CONCERT: Kevin is pictured on the back row, second left, with fellow members of Clitheroe Town Band including, front row, from left to right, Sonia Grimshaw and Julie Bleasdale, back row, from left to right, Bill Carter, Kevin, Eileen Dickinson and Vanessa Warren. (s)

A CLARINET player with Clitheroe Town Band who was diagnosed with bowel cancer last year has organised a special concert to raise funds for the hospital unit that treated him.

Sabden resident Kevin Newman (52), who is also the band’s treasurer, was diagnosed with advanced bowel cancer in April, 2010, but received prompt treatment via the NHS and was operated on in May.

“It was while I was recovering after the surgery I decided I would like to give something back to the people who had been looking after me,” said father-of-one Kevin.

“I had a fantastic surgeon, Mr Colin Harris, who performed keyhole surgery on me and I received superb aftercare from all the ward nurses and care nurses.”

He added: “It has been a very overwhelming experience to receive such dedicated support from so many people within the NHS. With this in mind, I felt saying thank you was not enough so decided to organise a charity concert with all the proceeds going to the Cancer Endowment Fund within the department I was treated.”

Any funds raised will go towards buying the very latest advanced keyhole operating equipment for the treatment of bowel cancer and other bowel-related diseases.

The concert will be held at Chatburn Primary School on Saturday, March 26th, with the doors opening at 7 p.m. for a 7-30 p.m. start. It will have a stage and screen musical theme of with “Abba on Broadway”, “Pirates of The Caribbean” and “Grease” to name just a few of the numbers.

Formed in 1998, Clitheroe Town Band has around 30 regular players, of which Kevin is one of the original members. The band performs all over the Ribble Valley at local events such as Clitheroe Torchlight Procession, Remembrance Sunday and the civic parade, and also at the Last Night of the Proms at Clitheroe Castle bandstand every other year.

It also performs at garden fetes, weddings, charity concerts, football matches, hotels and golf clubs,

“We rent our own premises in the centre of Clitheroe near the market and have always been self sufficient, using fees raised for our performances,” explained Kevin, who learnt to play the clarinet at school and continued to play after joining the Royal Navy in which he served for six years.

Tickets for the special fundraising concert cost £5 for adults and £3 for children. They are available from either Kevin on 07884 083220 or on the door.