What a (Christmas) Cracker!

Stuart Broom presented the Gordon Broom Award in memory of his father, at the Christmas Concert on Sunday. He writes:

“Lyme Regis Town Band’s annual “Christmas Cracker” concert took a new format this year, and went down a storm with both the public and the musicians themselves.
Instead of the formal seating arrangement, the Wood mead Halls was laid out with tables giving it a more relaxed and intimate feel. For the first time it was also held on a Sunday afternoon which allowed members and staff of the

Gordon Broom Shield: Roger Grose

Gordon Broom Shield: Roger Grose

residential homes in the town to attend.
There was also a change to the musical programme which finished with the playing and singing of Christmas Carols.
The band this year was led in the main by joint musical director Brian Scott, with his colleague Roger Grose taking his place in the band except to direct one number.
As usual there was a diversity of music from the Beatles “All you need is love” and “Is this the way to Amarillo” to the stirring Men of Harlech which was arranged by local man Gordon Langford, and of course Christmas songs.
There were solos from Nicky Herbert (Lady in Red), John Warr (Romance and Rondo) and the usual entertaining Paul Snowball with his bass.
Guest artiste’s, duo Rob & Roy supplied a melodic, lilting interlude, whilst Jan from Cornwall tried to get the audience to talk “propper”.     All this was expertly helped along by compere Nigel Ball.

Paul receives cheque from Alan Vian

Paul receives cheque from Alan Vian

After an interval where tea and cakes were served, awards were made to four band members for their services during the year.
The Gordon Broom Memorial Shield was awarded to Roger Grose, who along with Brian Scott took over the joint musical director’s role on a temporary basis at the beginning of the year, since when they did an amazing job steering the band through a very busy and highly successful year.
Due to his many other commitments he has decided to stand down in January, but his hard work and valued service was recognised by this annual award.
The Musical Director’s Award was won by Gilly Warr, last year’s winner of the Gordon Broom shield. She was a worthy winner after once again demonstrating her drive and hard work behind the scenes as well as playing in the band.
The Bandmaster’s Award for the most improved player in the last year was won by Nicola Ockenden, whilst the recipient of the Chairman’s Award for the person who has become the most valuable member of the main band went to Olly Leyshon..
Paul Snowball also made a special presentation to Brian Scott for all his hard work during the year as joint musical director recognising that he too has a heavy work load outside of the band.
The Lyme Regis Carnival Committee Secretary Alan Vian also presented chairman Paul Snowball with a cheque from the proceeds of this year’s profits which are distributed to several local good cause”.

Thanks for your contribution, Stuart.

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