Royston Town Band have a blast at the opening ceremony of their new band room

PUBLISHED: 08:43 20 October 2015 | UPDATED: 18:11 20 October 2015

Far left is John Doughton, 85, a former cornet player who joined the group when he was just 11, whilst 94 year old Len Coote played tuba. Franklyn Drake, 73 not only carried on a long family tradition of band membership, but spent much of his time as a freelance photographer for the Crow. With them are two of John's former pupils, Alison Balsom, who is now an internationally famous trumpet player, and Becky Smith who plays the trombone. PICTURE: Clive Porter

Far left is John Doughton, 85, a former cornet player who joined the group when he was just 11, whilst 94 year old Len Coote played tuba. Franklyn Drake, 73 not only carried on a long family tradition of band membership, but spent much of his time as a freelance photographer for the Crow. With them are two of John's former pupils, Alison Balsom, who is now an internationally famous trumpet player, and Becky Smith who plays the trombone. PICTURE: Clive Porter

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It was a spectacular ceremony to mark the unveiling of a spectacular new rehearsal space.

Members of the town band outside the new band room. PICTURE: Clive Porter.Members of the town band outside the new band room. PICTURE: Clive Porter.

Members of Royston Town Band marched from the site of their old band room at The Manor House in Melbourn Street to their new spot in Tannery Drift to kick off the opening ceremony on Sunday.

It’s been a labour of love as members and friends have donated more than 100 days of their spare time cladding, fitting gutters, laying floor tiles, and wiring the new band room to get everything prepared.

Speeches on the day were made by chairman Charmian Flowerday, benefactor John Crosher, Sir Oliver Heald MP, and trumpeter Alison Balsom. The band room was then opened by longest serving member Brian Edwards, who has been a member for more than 70 years.

Charmian said: “I think our opening ceremony summed up Royston Town Band pretty well.

Brian Edwards cuts the tape to officially open the new premises. Clive PorterBrian Edwards cuts the tape to officially open the new premises. Clive Porter

“A lot of hard work went into planning the event by a lot of people, and on the day everyone pulled together. The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly and it was fantastic to see a lot of old friends as well as spending time with those who are relatively new to the band.

“It’s the end of one project, but we have plenty of exciting new ideas just waiting to get started on in the new year. Thanks to everyone who has supported us and joined us.”

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