Minstrels make comeback

JONATHAN REDHEAD A family of musicians, who called time on their public shows after a "terrifying" attack at a wedding reception, is making a comeback.

JONATHAN REDHEAD

A family of musicians, who called time on their public shows after a "terrifying" attack at a wedding reception, is making a comeback.

The Scheuregger family, from Norwich, known as the Minstrels Gallery, decided to quit after the incident in North Lincolnshire in June.

After seven years, the group stopped playing when 16-year-old Martin suffered a broken nose, and his mother, Jane, was knocked over and kicked in the stomach in the attack at Ulceby, near Grimsby.

But now, the group, which specialises in music from the medieval and Elizabethan periods and has played functions up and down the country including at the Reform Club, the British Museum and the National Maritime Museum, has decided to make a return.

The group's leader, Tony Scheuregger, of Muriel Road, Norwich, said: "This has been a ghastly experience but our decision to quit was right at the time.

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"However, now that we are finally looking at getting some justice in this case, we have decided to continue our public performances."

Minstrels Gallery are making their comeback providing an evening of medieval Christmas music at Princes Street United Reformed Church, Norwich, on Saturday, December 18, at 7.30pm, and then on BBC Radio Norfolk's Maggie's Brew the following day.

During the absence from performing, the group has also recorded a CD, A Medieval Christmas.

"We are hoping that this Christmas concert in Norwich will kick-start our enthusiasm for public performance and that we can grow the number of gigs we get in 2005," Mr Scheuregger said.

For more information about the group, check their website at www.minstrelsgallery.com

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