Helping town band march on

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A CHARITY night is being organised to help keep a town band marching on.

Supporters of Hartlepool Ambassadors marching jazz band are holding the night to raise vital cash.

They say the band could fold if they cannot raise enough funds in order to continue representing the town at events across the country.

Stephen Livingston, who is organising the fundraising night at Owton Manor Social Club, said: “The finances are depleted and they need money for buses and uniforms and other expenses to get to events and competitions.

“For example it cost them around £800 for buses and expenses to go to jazz band championships in Nottingham this year.

“The band, which comprises members predominantly from Hartlepool, has very few funds left to survive.

“The band may fold if they cannot raise their funds because it is a constant struggle to keep the funds up.”

Stephen hopes the night on Saturday, October 27, will raise awareness of the band’s activities as well as boosting their funds.

He added: “Marching jazz bands are dying out without local support, and the band need funds to continue entering competitions as ambassadors for Hartlepool.

“The band won the world UK Jazz band championships second division in 2010.”

Hartlepool Ambassadors was formed in 2008 when secretary Veronica Collins and her son Robert Graham decided to start their own jazz band in the town after years of travelling to be part of other similar groups.

Next month’s fundraising night will feature a line up of local singers, a medley of songs from the band, raffle, buffet, and disco.

Stephen has helped stage several other charity events around Hartlepool.

Owton Manor Social Club is in Wynyard Road, Hartlepool.

Tickets are £4 and it starts at 7pm.