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Gorleston strikes up the band for summer

Gorleston Bandstand

Visitors to Gorleston seafront this summer will enjoy the sounds of some of the region’s finest brass bands as part of the annual series of free-to-watch concerts, which starts in earnest on Sunday, July 9.

The programme, organised by Great Yarmouth Borough Council, is a series of unticketed concerts at Gorleston Bandstand, which aims to add to the traditional family holiday atmosphere that Gorleston is famous for, and to help showcase local musical talent.

Weather permitting, there are currently nine performances scheduled, between this Sunday and late August, with all concerts happening between 2pm and 4pm. This year, Great Yarmouth Brass will be the resident band, playing on four separate occasions.

The music will kick-off with New Buckenham Silver Band on Sunday, July 9, followed on Saturday, July 22 with Great Yarmouth Brass, and on Sunday, July 23 by Taverham Brass Band. Great Yarmouth Brass will play on Sunday, July 30 and Sunday, August 6.

There will then be performances from two touring bands hailing from outside of East Anglia: Lofthouse Brass Band from Wakefield, West Yorkshire on Sunday, August 13 and Hitchin Brass Band from Hertfordshire on Friday, August 18.

Then on Sunday, August 20, local musicians will perform on the bandstand for the Gorleston Makes Music event, run by the Rotary Club of Gorleston-on-Sea. The programme will end in style with Great Yarmouth Brass on Sunday, August 27.

Cllr Barry Coleman, chairman of the economic development committee, said: “These unticketed concerts really add something to the distinct atmosphere of Gorleston seafront, providing yet another reason to visit Gorleston and helping to support the borough’s tourism economy.

“Listening to the ‘oom-pa’ of a live brass band on Gorleston seafront is the perfect way to spend a summer afternoon. This year, we have another fantastic line-up, including two touring bands from outside of the region and our very own Great Yarmouth Brass as resident band. We know the bands always enjoy playing at Gorleston and we would like to thank all of the bands and musicians for performing.”

Penny Gilbert, chairperson of Great Yarmouth Brass, said: “This is a fabulous opportunity for Great Yarmouth Brass. We feel very privileged to have been invited to be 'resident band' at our local bandstand.

“We are delighted that the borough council continues to recognise and support the tradition of Summer Bandstand Concerts, and we look forward to entertaining our audiences at Gorleston in the coming weeks.”

The programme of performances would not be possible without the valuable support of the Rotary Club of Gorleston-on-Sea and Gorleston Pavilion Theatre.