MUSIC lovers from across North Devon are being urged to help a local rock 'n' roll band hit the right note and win a coveted regional competition. Businessman Philip Milton, the Conservative PPC for North Devon, has issued his heartfelt plea for people t
MUSIC lovers from across North Devon are being urged to help a local rock 'n' roll band hit the right note and win a coveted regional competition.Businessman Philip Milton, the Conservative PPC for North Devon, has issued his heartfelt plea for people to offer their support to The Honeytones, as they look to win first prize in the People's Millions 2008 competition.The nine-piece outfit, formed in North Devon in 2001, have already successfully navigated through to the finals of the competition, which will be screened on ITV Westcountry on Tuesday.If they secure the public vote on the night, they stand to win almost £50,000 which would enable them to secure their long-term future. Mr Milton said: "We can all be proud of what The Honeytones have already achieved in winning a place in the finals."Now, they need our support to make sure they secure the competition, which they thoroughly deserve."This is a great cause and something we should all be wholeheartedly proud of. Let us all pledge our support for The Honeytones and wish them all success for the 25th - I for one will be dialling the number on the day."The Honeytones were formed in 2001 by Bob Courtney, and two residents of CARE, the North Devon home for learning disabled adults at East Anstey. Their huge enthusiasm attracted new members from the same community, expanding to its current nine-strong line-up centring on keyboards and guitar.In 2006 they were awarded £9,000 from the "Awards For All" lottery scheme to purchase much-needed equipment and began to take their music to a wider audience. Since then, they have performed for local organisations, charities and at many public events.However, the band has recently suffered some setbacks, having lost both their equipment storage facility, and the site where they were allowed to practise free of charge. The residential home where they live is scheduled to close, leaving them with no transport. At present, the equipment is stored at Bob's terraced house. The band are hoping to club together to hire South Molton Church Hall for weekly rehearsal sessions.Mr Milton said: "The potential prize money that the Honeytones could receive would be a massive financial boost, and totally deserved."The band do so much to entertain the local communities, and to hear that they have suffered these setbacks is incredibly saddening. Hopefully, we can all do our bit to help them securing the competition by voting for them on the night." Members of the public can only vote for the Honeytones on the day of broadcast, November 25th. The telephone number to register your vote will be published in the Daily Mirror, the Big Lottery website www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/peoplesmillions and ITV Westcountry on the day.Anyone can vote and you do not have to live in the Westcountry area to vote. Calls will cost 10p from a BT landline and up to 10 calls can be registered from one line.