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‘Brass in Park’ tribute to Accrington Pals

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East Lancashire’s top brass paid a musical tribute to a famous First World War “pals’ brigade” in a Padiham park.

The 150-year-old East Lancashire Concert Band played a rousing concert in Memorial Park to honour the Accrington Pals in the centenary year of the conflict.

The group, which was formerly the Accrington Pals’ band during the Great War, played to a crowd of around 150 people at tha town’s bandstand for the “Brass in the Park” event.

The “Remembering the Accrington Pals” show was put on as a tribute to the men or Burnley and Padiham who fought and died in the world-famous bridge during the war.

Concert-goers basked in the sun on deck chairs as musicians played some war-time classics including the Nimrod, The Roses of Picardy and the Pals’ March – a song which has only been played live a handful of occasions.

Crowds joined in with the final song “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary” on a proud and poignant day for the town.

Carol Stinton, of the Friends of Memorial Park, said: “It was a big success. There was about 150 people there.

“It was a really good atmosphere. They played some wartime songs and everyone was singing along at the end.

“It was great to hear live music in the park.”

Ian McGuinness, of the East Lancashire Concert Band, said: “It was a great event. The sun shone, there wa s a good crowd and the music flowed.

“We wanted to perform in Padiham becuase of the men named on the war memorial who fought for the Accrington Pals.

“It was brilliant to see so many people out enjoying the concert.”

The band will be back in action at a live concert at Towneley Hall on August 3rd.

TOP BRASS: East Lancashire Concert Band perform in Padiham Memorial Park to pay tribute to the Accrington Pals.

 

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