After 2 days of torrential rain, the skies cleared late on Friday to produce a day of glorious sunshine for the Helston Town Band annual Summer Fete on Sat 25th July.
There was a large crowd gathered by the time Tiffany Truscott was introduced by Mr Alan Trewhella, Band Chairman, to open the fete at 2:00pm. After the official opening, Tiffany was present with a buttonhole by Rupert, a member of the Helston Town Student Brass.
Following the opening, the first part of the musical entertainment began with the Helston Town Student Brass playing a number of well known pieces of music under their Musical Director, Mrs Marika Charleston. This is the first time that the Student Brass group has performed in public, except for Flora Day, since their new Musical Director took over in January. Marika also featured later in the afternoon as principle cornet for the Helston Town Band.
The Student Brass were followed by the Helston Town Concert Brass under their Musical Director, Mr Ian Edwards. Ian has led the band for some time now and their repertoire has grown and improved. They played a number of popular and well known tunes and included solos by Harry on cornet and Ashley on trombone.
As the Concert band gathered their instruments and music, they were replaced by the Helston Town Band. The Town Band, under the leadership once again of assistant musical director and part time comedian, Mr Kevin "Garcie" Johns, entertained the crowds with a number of pieces of well known music including "Coming to America", "Liberty Fanfare" and a montage of Beatles music that included a solo by Flugel horn player, Phil Bennetts. Another star of the day was Marika Charleston who had earlier conducted the the Student Brass also performed in her role as principle cornet, playing the solo, "One Day". The band finished the day with two versions of the Flora Dance. First, the band played the tune made famous by the Brighouse and Rastrick Band. They then ended by standing to play their tune that has made Helston famous around the world, The Flora Dance.
The band have a busy summer agead and can be seen next at the Harbour Inn at Porthleven on Friday 31st July at 7:30pm and then at St Agnes carnival on Saturday 1st August. At the end of August we also have our Annual Lismore Proms and is held this year on Sat 29th August followed on Sunday by the Songs of Praise.