Spalding Lions president Eileen Robson presents the cheque to the Spalding Marching Ambassadors.

Lions donation hits right note

A local band has been given a boost thanks to the Spalding Lions.

Lions president Eileen Robson, along with Lions Carole Bell, Alastair Bell and Richard Pacey, made a visit last week to the Spalding Marching Ambassadors to present them with a donation of £500 to assist them in securing the future of the band.

The group were formed in 1980 from members of the 1st Spalding Girls’ Brigade and 3rd Spalding Boys’ Brigade and since this time the band has taught hundreds of young people, not only how to play musical instruments, but also discipline, and how to work as part of a team.

A spokesman said: “The band is a former national champion show band with some of its members even being involved in the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics.

“Today the band is formed from any young person who would like to learn an instrument and perform as part of the band, as well as older members who are still keen to perform, teach and learn. The members’ ages range from seven to 80. Over the years the band has performed at many local events.

“Most recently the members of the band performed at Pinchbeck’s Picnic in the Park as part of a recruitment drive to gain new members, cost of membership is only £1 per week and they provide an instrument for that member to play and learn on, and all helpers are volunteers.”

The Spalding Marching Ambassadors are based at the United Reform Church Hall, Pinchbeck Road, Spalding, where they meet at 6.30pm on a Wednesday with anyone who wishes to take part and try playing some of the instruments welcome.

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