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Sparkling brass and dynamite dancers entertain us
10:55am Thursday 12th July 2012 in Leisure
THE weather might be pretty rotten, but there’s plenty happening in St Helens to bring a sunny smile to young and old alike...
A TRIO of the borough’s leading brass bands converge on Church Square on Saturday (July 14) to blow up a town centre musical storm.
St Helens Youth Brass Band joins Rainford and Parr Bands for an afternoon of great music and memorable tunes. Special seating will be provided for spectators.
The St Helens Youth Brass Band get things kicked off at 11am, playing through until 12.30pm. Following a short break, Rainford Band will take to the stage between 12.45pm and 2.15pm. Finally, Parr Band complete a great afternoon of brass band music when they perform between 2.30pm and 4pm.
Brass bands have a long and proud tradition within the borough and many were attached to the numerous collieries, such as Sutton Manor, Bold, Clock Face and Parkside, which exported coal across the globe. The collieries may have been consigned to history, but many of their names are preserved through their bands and continue to delight audiences up and down the country.
LATER in the month a seaside-themed tea dance will be taking place in St Helens Town Hall on Thursday, July 19 from 2pm - 4pm (doors open 1pm) so bring your bucket and spade and enjoy the summer fun!
Live music from host and compere Alf Christinson will give everyone a chance to practise their ballroom, sequence and olde tyme routines – and enjoy a good old chinwag with friends.
Deputy council leader Barrie Grunewald: “Our tea dances are a popular way for local people of all ages and walks of life to come together, dance and have fun.
Our themed events this year take in the fun of the seaside, the bygone splendour of Victorian tea rooms, a special wartime commemoration event and our popular festive celebration.
“While many people will enjoy revisiting the dance styles of their youth, the dances also give the younger generation a chance to sample the bygone era of social dances.”
Tickets cost £3 and can be booked on 01744 675492.
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