Band to ‘Go the Distance’ under Olympic baton


While the Olympic Torch relay will not pass through the Ribble Valley, another form of relay, part of the “Cultural Olympiad”, will come here, courtesy of the Slaidburn Silver Band.

The Band is part of a nationwide project to pass five coloured conductor’s batons, representing the five Olympic rings, from band to band over the next eight weeks. A special piece of music has been commissioned by the British Federation of Brass Bands in five parts, again one for each coloured ring, which can be played separately or together.

Slaidburn has been allocated the green baton and it makes its appearance at the first of this year’s eagerly-awaited “Brass at the Bounty” concerts at the Hark to Bounty, Slaidburn, next Thursday, May 31st. During tht free concert, held in the pub garden if dry or the Old Courtroom if wet, the piece of music, entitled “Going The Distance”, will be played.

The baton will arrive having travelled from the Royston Band in Hertfordshire, and after Slaidburn’s performance it will travel to the Blanchardstown Brass Band in Ireland. There are nearly 200 bands and 7,000 musicians involved around the UK and Slaidburn’s members are extremely proud to be part of the pre-Olympic celebrations.

The Brass at the Bounty concerts are a popular Slaidburn Silver Band tradition. On the last Thursday of May, June, July and August the band swaps its usual Thursday night rehearsal for a free concert at the historic Hark to Bounty inn, where food and drink is available. The concerts start at 7-15 p.m. and all are welcome. What better way to spend a summer’s evening!