Band a long way from home

SIR - I was pleasantly surprised when, travelling through Normandy, I saw a poster advertising a concert by Appledore Band. A long way from home, I thought, after hearing them play on the quay to the delight of crowds in Appledore and Instow. I went along

SIR - I was pleasantly surprised when, travelling through Normandy, I saw a poster advertising a concert by Appledore Band.

A long way from home, I thought, after hearing them play on the quay to the delight of crowds in Appledore and Instow.

I went along on the Saturday evening to find a packed theatre. The local French band, with some 40 players, played five pieces of music.

Then, after the interval, Appledore played, starting with a French march. What a difference - 18-20 musicians playing their hearts out, well disciplined and smartly dressed.


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A brilliant second half with two encores ended with Radezki March and can-can.

After this, both bands played together. The Appledore conductor was dancing while conducting on stage.

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The audience was spellbound and all stood shouting and applauding. Well done, Appledore Band. It makes me proud to be Devonshire born and bred.

J Hawl, (Mrs), Appledore.

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