Oldest band seeks help at start of third century

nbua-240311-newmillsband - New Mills Band, who are appealing for a new sponsor after the Co-operative announced it was no longer going to support the band financially. Photo contributed.
nbua-240311-newmillsband - New Mills Band, who are appealing for a new sponsor after the Co-operative announced it was no longer going to support the band financially. Photo contributed.
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NEW Mills band are appealing for a new sponsor after the The Co-Operative announced the end of a sponsorship deal which had spanned more than 30 years.

Formed in 1812, the band are set to celebrate their bicentenary next year and are thought to be the longest-running brass band in the country, having continued throughout World War I and II.

The Co-Operative have been supporting the band since the 1970s and their financial help has been used to help them pay the rent on their Hurst Lea Road premises as well as with a variety of other things. But now another sponsor is needed to help the band continue meeting their running costs.

New Mills Band perform at a wide range of events throughout the year including marches, carnivals and charity events.

The band also offer music lessons at their bandroom every Wednesday between 6.30pm and 7.45pm. The lessons are available to all ages and abilities and instruments are provided.

Anyone who would like to sponsor the band, or would like more information, is asked to contact bandmaster Paul Wheeldon on 01663 766748.

• New Mills band are performing a concert on Saturday, April 2 at St George’s Parish Hall, Church Lane, New Mills, at 7.30pm.

The concert will be conducted by Brian Cox and will be an entertaining evening of brass band music. It will cost £6 on the door with accompanied children under 14 free.