Band obtains the Domain Name for the Website, www.bearparkandeshcollieryband.co.uk. This may be long but we think easier to remember and easier to tell people.
The Band took part in the 4th Section National Brass Band Championships in Preston today and were placed 8th out of 19 bands. Although not a bad result the Band felt that we should have been placed higher, and other bands echoed our thoughts. The Band would like to thank Ian Robinson, the Musical Director of Fishburn Band, for taking us to the Finals and for all the hard work that he has put in. After an unsettled start to the year, Ian has put us back on track once again. We would like to wish Fishburn all the best for their National Finals appearance in London this October. Also thanks to the 'Garry Mitchell Laughter Show' on the bus home, he lifted a few dampened spirits. It was also nice to see Jenny once again who turned up to support us, thanks Jenny.
On an almost ideal day, Alan took part in the Great North Run (Half Marathon). Once dropped of at the start by David Waterworth, he was all alone, but not for long as the other runners were amongst the most friendly he has ever met. He completed the run in 2 hours 14 minutes and with out stopping once, which was a feat on it's own. He has pledged approximately £300 which will go to the band. He would like to thank David Waterworth for taking him there and being there at the end (it's a long way back to Durham). Alan has other ideas to raise money in mind so watch this space.
The Band has appointed David Oxlee as their new Musical Director. David has been conducting the band for the last three months on a trial period.