Band’s plea for members to help it go marching on
- Credit: Nick Butcher
It is a coastal town with a proud tradition of hosting celebrations and ceremonies with unique charm.
From the town's annual civic parade to Christmas celebrations, Southwold is renowned for its displays of pomp and pageantry which bring smiles to the faces of residents and visitors alike.
And at the heart of these events has been the Southwold and Reydon Corps of Drums military-style marching band, providing its familiar chimes and marching rhythm for more than 30 years.
However, the future of this community marching band hangs in the balance if new members are not found.
As a result community leaders are urging residents of Southwold, Reydon and the surrounding area to become members to ensure this much-loved band does not fall silent.
Graham Hillier, bass drummer and secretary for the Southwold and Reydon Corps of Drums Band, said: 'We were established in 1981 and are keen to remain operational, particularly as the number of local marching bands has reduced over recent years and we receive plenty of demand for our performances.
'During the past three years we have been unable to recruit sufficient numbers to replace those who have had to leave the band for various personal and professional reasons- without new members joining we will be unable to continue into 2017.'
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Currently the band consists of 11 members, aged between nine to their mid 50s, but Mr Hillier explains membership numbers are expected to fall to nine by the end of the year.
Southwold town mayor Melanie Tucker added: 'The band add so much to our town and have become well known countrywide.
'For adults and students being member of this band is a great opportunity to meet new people and give something that will give you pleasure and be much appreciated by residents and visitors alike.'
Those aged seven and above are welcome, no matter what ability.
Practices take place at the Stella Peskett Millenium Hall in Southwold, on Wednesdays between 6.30pm and 7.30pm and on Sundays from 10am to 11.30am.
Membership is free and for further information visit www.southwoldband.co.uk or call 07955 694500.
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