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In January, for our first gig of the year, we went to the open evening at Blackpool and Fylde College where we proudly wore the new costumes that had been designed and made for us by the college's design students.
We ended the evening with a group photo including two of the students who had worked on the costumes for us.
In May we played at a wedding in Blackpool's Stanley Park, accompanied by a troupe of showgirls shimmying behind us.
In June we visited Poulton.
First we assembled ourselves for the local newspaper photographer,
then we took part in the carnival procession through the streets.
Later in June we played through the streets of Fleetwood for their carnival procession -
before visiting Lytham at the end of the month for more of the same.
We also did a static performance for Lytham's afternoon event.
In July we played at Hambleton's gala, taking part in their street procession and playing on their gala field. This photo was taken before the procession started.
In June we played at Poulton's annual Gala event, making the procession throughout the town before playing to the massed crowds in the town square.
In March we went to Manchester and played in the grounds of Old Trafford football ground for the Sport Relief cycle event - we spurred on the family groups doing the three-mile circuit. Despite a blast of hail and icy wind at the start of the morning, the sun shone for us (though we were still wrapped up warm!)
In April we went to Fleetwood Town Football Club for their last match of the season, and played to cheer them on as they made it to the playoffs.
The team went on to win in the
playoffs, and were promoted.
In May we took part in a marathon procession along Morecambe promenade and back in the rain and cold - here we are waiting for the start, little knowing how long and gruelling the route would be!
July saw us playing in Hambleton for their gala on a sunny Saturday . . .
. . . and a couple of weeks later, on another sunny Saturday, we took to the streets of Bispham for their gala day procession.
In June 2013 we paraded through the streets of Poulton for their annual Gala Procession, playing to entertain the massed crowds.
It was a long route, and hot and sunny which made it tiring - but the crowds cheered us on!
Later in the month we took our instruments to visit the 'Sign Hi' group, and spent an evening teaching them to play samba rhythms.
The children enjoyed playing the drums and we had a great evening.
In August we had a return visit from the Blackpool link of Chernobyl Children's Lifeline, bringing along a group of children who were visiting Blackpool for respite from the radioactive conditions of their home area.
We always have a great time teaching the children to play Samba rhythms, despite the language barrier -
- and by the end of the evening, the children were playing like professionals!
In November we were visited at one of our rehearsal sessions by three folk from the Umbrella Collective, who wanted to take photographs of us for a magazine article they were working on.
They took lots of pictures, more of which can be seen by clicking here.
In February 2012 we played an outside, early-evening gig to celebrate the opening of Blackpool Sandcastle's new Aztec-themed water slides - the chap on the table was certainly braver than we were regarding the freezing night temperatures!
June 2012 sees us wowing the crowds in Poulton for their annual gala day, playing a new rhythm for the first time in public. This was after joining in their procession, playing our infectious beats through the streets.
Mid-June we had our annual visit from the Blackpool link of Chernobyl Children's Lifeline. Each year they bring a group of children from Belarus to Blackpool and try to provide a range of activities - we're pleased to be one of those activities. The children (and some of the adults!) spent the evening drumming with us, and we all had a great time.
Also in June the band was asked to play in the evening at the Hilton Hotel to entertain the Olympic Torch entourage, who were staying overnight as the torch passed through Blackpool . . .
. . . and we crossed paths with the Olympic Torch again in July at the Lancashire Youth Disability Games.
July was a busy month, with us joining in the annual Bispham Gala procession (above),
and doing the Normoss and Staining Gala procession as well - through the country lanes and streets,
onto the carnival field,
and a traditional 'smile-for-the-camera' group photo!
June 2011 saw us leading the procession for Claremont Gala, through the streets . . .
. . . onto the Gala field . . .
. . . and another group photograph!
Lytham Gala Procession, June 2011.
Bispham Gala Procession, July 2011.
Staining Gala Procession, July 2011 - this year we were booked to play for several very long walks!
At Garstang Agricultural Show
in August we not only played to entertain the crowds, but also led a
workshop session where members of the audience could come and have a
go at playing along with us.
June 2010, and we're wowing the crowds in Poulton (they're all hiding in the bushes!)
Later in June and we're processing in Lytham's annual gala - possibly the hottest day of the year, and one of the longest walks.
The back stretch along the seafront goes on for miles . . .
. . . then back through the town to the finishing line, and our traditional stop at the ice-cream shop!
In August we played at the bandstand in St. Annes; another gloriously sunny day with a receptive and appreciative audience (and another excuse for an ice-cream!)
December 2010, and we performed in the Santa Procession through Poulton, before posing for this group photograph in the church grounds.
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