On Sunday evening Shirebrook Miners Welfare UNISON band played an open air concert at Darley Dale Cricket Club near Matlock. The band, led by musical director Mark Wilcockson, played a mixed programme of traditional and popular brass band music to a large audience relaxing in the glorious evening sunshine. Included in the programme were solo items by band members Glen Birks (cornet) who played two items ‘Little Miss Blue Bonnet’ and ‘A Soldier’s Song To The Moon’, Neil Emson (tenor horn) played ‘The Lark In The Clear Air’ and Nick Stokes (bass trombone) played ‘King Of The Road’. The band’s whole cornet section played a rendition of ‘Tijuana Taxi’ ably assisted, to the amusement of the audience, by trombone player Nick Stoke’s small son Reece ‘honking’ a bulb horn when he thought appropriate.
Musical director Mark also officiated as raffle master and auctioneer of items donated by band members and supporters.
A collection was also taken and the proceeds from this and the raffle and auction realised the sum of £330 which will go to band funds.