Fundraising Playathon is music to youngsters’ ears

TOP NOTE ... Deputy Mayor, Coun Richard Porthouse lends a helping hand at the musical marathon.
TOP NOTE ... Deputy Mayor, Coun Richard Porthouse lends a helping hand at the musical marathon.
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TALENTED South Tyneside youngsters were having a blast as they got tuned up for a day of fundraising success.

Members of the 10th South Shields Boys’ Brigade and Girls Association hosted a musical marathon in a bid to score vital cash to provide new instruments and pay for activities and trips out during the summer.

DRUMMING UP CASH: The Boys Brigadestaged an all-day music marathon to raise funds for new instruments.

DRUMMING UP CASH: The Boys Brigadestaged an all-day music marathon to raise funds for new instruments.

The sponsored Playathon event, held at the brigade’s base at the Living Waters Church, in Laygate, South Shields, on Saturday, was music to the ears of a bumper turnout of visitors.

Young band members took turns on a range of instruments – from drums and trumpets to symbols and the tamborine – during the sponsored event, which has brought in a haul of donations to the tune of over £600.

As well as the live entertainment, which saw at least one band member playing at all times during the day, there was a rich array of gifts for sale as well as arts and crafts to enjoy.

Homemade soups and cakes, tea and coffee and cold were also made available to buy to further bolster funds.

We raised over £600 on the day, which will go towards buying new instruments and arranging activities.

Band Lieutenant Bryan Hobbs

The band currently has 30 members, boys and girls, aged between 8 and 18, but new recruits, aged between five and 18, are welcomed.

Band lieutenant Bryan Hobbs was delighted that the musical extravaganza received a chorus of approval from 9am all the way through to 5pm.

He said: “The event was really good. We raised over £600 on the day, which will go towards buying new instruments and arranging actvities for the members during the summer.

“The Deputy Mayor and Mayoress, Coun Richard Porthouse and his wife Patricia, also came along and had a great time and thought it was fantastic that children have a chance to join a group like ours.

IN TUNE ... a young trumpeter does his bit at the sponsored Playathon.

IN TUNE ... a young trumpeter does his bit at the sponsored Playathon.

“We also had a few former members come along during the day.

“We had over 20 band members playing, with most playing throughout the day.

“They took turns on the instruments, so the trumpet players also had a go at the drums and vice versa.”

The Boys’ Brigade and Girls Association meets for band night between 7pm until 9pm each Wednesday, with the Boys’ Brigade junior section (5 to 11) meeting at 6.30pm on Friday and the company section (ages 11 to 17) from 7pm until 9.30pm on Fridays.

ON A ROLL ... Boys' Brigade drummers in action.

ON A ROLL ... Boys' Brigade drummers in action.

For more information on how to sign up, contact Mr Hobbs on 07984919450 or at bryhobbs7@icloud.com

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