Park concert for brass aces

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A leading brass band comes to Ripley this Sunday when award-winning Newstead Brass play in the town.

The concert will form part of the annual Brass in the Park series, arranged by Ripley Town Council.

The concert takes place on the Crossley Park bandstand on Sunday, June 9, from 2.30 pm to 4.30pm.

There is no charge for the concert, although listeners will have the chance to donate to the band’s funds.

A band spokesman commented: “This is a chance to hear one of the world’s finest brass bands on a traditional park bandstand.

“Newstead recently finished in seventh place in the British Open Brass Band Championships Spring Festival, one of the world’s most competitive brass band contests and their musical ability is second to none.”

The spokesman continued: “The programme of music played will be wide ranging, to provide something for everyone, whether you’re a regular concert goer or new to the sound of brass.

“We’ll be including a musical tribute to the 70th anniversary of the Dambusters’ raid to which Ripley born (Sir) Barnes Wallis made such an important contribution.

“Some seating is provided, but we’d recommend bringing a rug or deckchair if you can.”