Military band needed for Clitheroe Torchlight Procession 2012

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AN appeal has gone out from Clitheroe’s Torchlight 2012 Committee for help in recruiting a military band to play in the procession.

The long-awaited return of Clitheroe’s Torchlight Procession in August is set to be a major highlight of 2012 in the Ribble Valley.

Preparations are already under way for the not-to-missed event and committee members would like to invite the Band of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment to perform at the event.

However, this will cost £2,500, money the committee does not have in its budget. So officials are urging local people and the Ribble Valley councillors to step forward and help with fund-raising ideas.

Committee member Mr Bruce Dowles said: “While the fee of £2,500 itself is not unreasonable, it would blow the committee’s budget and leave a hole in funding for the rest of the procession.

“I do not want the council’s money, but I am instead looking for ideas and an insight into how we can bring the regimental band to Clitheroe once again. It will be fitting as earlier this year the Duke of Lancaster Regiment was granted the Freedom of the Ribble Valley.

“As councillors, you represent the borough and as officers have professional acumen, experience and contacts to steer up towards potential sponsors to make this dream become a realisation.

“The next committee meeting will be on January 10th and any thoughts and suggestions would be much appreciated.”

The eagerly-awaited Torchlight Procession will take place on the evening of Saturday, August 25th. The committee is well ahead with its preparations, meets on a regular basis and encourages Ribble Valley folk to join in.

Entry forms for the procession can now be downloaded from the Clitheroe Town Council’s website (www.clitheroetowncouncil.gov.uk) or collected direct from the Clitheroe Town Hall, on Church Street, opposite the Library.

The 2012 Torchlight Procession will celebrate two major national events taking place next year –the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympic Games.

The Torchlight Committee has set up a Facebook page for the event and fellow users of the social networking website are encouraged to visit and contribute. The page can be found at: www.facebook.com/pages/Clitheroe-Torchlight-Procession/289534681090332