Lions Blow Their Horns Rye and District Lions were delighted to once again fill Beckley Village Hall with some 110 members of the public for their Burns Night Brass Band Concert for the seventh year running.
The evening raised a net total of over £600 and Malcolm McDonough, President of Rye Lions, announced on the night that the Lions would increase this to £1,000 to be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support as at all previous concerts.
This would be allocated towards the new Cancer Support Centre being planned for Sussex at the Royal Sussex Hospital in Brighton.
The audience were welcomed with hot mince pies and mulled wine before enjoying a varied repertoire of music from Sussex Brass. The haggis was borne into the hall by Lion Jim Radley to “Scotland the Brave”. Sussex Brass played a varied selection of music from musicals to classics and naturally included a Scottish medley. The conductor, Steve Hollamby, amused the audience withanecdotes, jokes and facts about the music and a highlight was a version of “The Teddy Bears’ Picnic” played on the bass tuba.
The evening was rounded off by the audience joining in “Auld Lang Syne”, followed by the Band’s signature tune, a rousing “Sussex by the Sea”, which the audience also sang along to, helped by Rye Age Concern bringing along their song sheets.
Rye Lions have been pleased to have several new members join recently and would still be delighted for more adults to join them. Any adult who would like to have fun raising money for those less fortunate and to enjoy a monthly social should contact Terry Cobby on 01797 252382.
“Rye’s Own” March 2013
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