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Well-known concert band to perform in aid of Wells RNLI lifeboats

Lifeboats News Release

Well known band, the Lewisham Concert Band, will hold their annual concert in Wells to raise funds for the RNLI.

The famous concert band will be performing at St Nicholas Parish Church in Wells on Saturday 2 September at 7.30pm at a concert organised by the RNLI Lifeboat Guild.

Founded in 1967 and conducted for many years by the late Joseph Proctor, the Lewisham Concert Band soon found fame for its numerous BBC Radio 2 broadcasts during the 1970s and 1980s on the programmes "Friday Night is Music Night" and "Listen to the Band".

Today, under the musical direction of John Hargreaves, it is still one of London's top wind bands and comprises both professional and high-standard amateur musicians.

The concert in Wells will feature many much-loved pieces by famous composers, including Handel, Strauss, Malcolm Arnold, Eric Coates and many more. Familiar items like The Theme from The Onedin Line, Sleepy Lagoon, - the theme for Desert Island Discs - The Blue Danube, a selection from South Pacific and a rumbustious Fantasia on British Sea Songs. This is just a small selection of items they’ll be playing.

Tickets, priced £10, are available in advance from Wells Tourist Information Centre, Freeman’s Street, Wells or can be reserved by phoning 01328 710899. They can also be bought at the door on the night and a bar will be available selling wine and fruit juices.

Then on Sunday 3 September The Barley Brigg Morris Dancers will be in Wells from 11.15am until 5.15pm in the afternoon. They will start at the Beach Café and then will perform on the Quayside at 12.30pm, the Globe Hotel on the Buttlands at 1.20pm, then at 3.15pm again on the Quay and finally back at the Beach Café at 4.30pm. All proceeds will go to Wells RNLI Lifeboat Station.

RNLI media contacts

  • John Mitchell, Wells-Next-the-Sea Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, on 01328 710882 / 07831 103166 /
  • Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East) 0207 6207426 / 07785 296252
  • Paul Dunt, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East) 0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 /
  • For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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