Morley Brass Band day

4 July 2015
Due to a communications mix up (after an incomplete invitation to get involved a month ago) we were contacted at very short notice to provide support to the Morley Brass Band Festival.
Our two newest members stepped up to the challenge and joined Corrinne, Nighthawk, Raksha and Chil to meet the first band at 1.30pm by the Ernie Wise statue at the top of Queen Street in Morley town centre.
Who were they? How new were they?
Well – Joshua and Jessica K and their Mum and Dad (Rita and Felix) joined us at 1.20pm so that Raksha could invest them into the Cub Pack…. so they were BRAND new!
The bands had to play their music as they marched the length of Queen Street, before moving into the little square by the Town Hall to play two more tunes in different categories in front of judges and several Lord Mayors.
Our job was to carry a blackboard banner with the name of the band on it down the street in front of the band and then round the audience in the square – so that everyone knew who they were.
This was quite a challenge – some of the bands had not practiced how fast to march and went so fast that they nearly trampled us in the rush. Then they got to the other end too soon and had to slow down! Others went too slow and we left them behind …and they finished before they got to the other end! We had to keep looking in the shop windows to try to stay close enough, but not get trampled!
We had great fun! …but got very tired by the end – there were 15 bands and we had to escort each one and then run back to be ready for the next. Corrinne and Nighthawk made one relay team and Chil and Raksha took it in turns to walk with Jessica and Joshua.
For helping out all six of us got a badge from Morley Town Council for Civic Duties – and we get to wear it on our uniforms! There will only be six of us in the whole Group who can wear them (unless we get another chance to join in next year!) As well as the badges the Morley & District Lions sent us a cheque for £100 to say “thank you” for helping out. How cool is that? – we got paid for having fun!
Jessica and Joshua also get a Jamboree Solidarity badge for helping raise funds for the International Fund …so they got 6 badges each on the day they got invested!
World membership, District/County double, 8th South Leeds (Carlton) name tape, a Hikes Away 1, a Jamboree Solidarity badge and a Morley Civic Duties badge.
Ask them to show you their new badges – and see if you can arrange to come next year and get one of your own!


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