Old Boys ready to weather anything!

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FLEETWOOD Old Boys Band are looking prouder than ever after a generous cash donation paid for some smart new jackets.

The band, who celebrate their 25th anniversary this month, have been able to buy the weather proof jackets after Fleetwood Community Association presented them with a generous £597.

It was enough to buy 31 jackets in the bright red colours of the band, and get them all printed with the name Old Boys Band.

Now the bugle and drum ensemble hope to wear them for the first time during the town’s Youth Tattoo at Highbury Stadium on Saturday April 30, at 7pm.

The Fleetwood Community Association was formed to support and raise money for local community projects.

Original band member Peter Greenhalgh told the Weekly News: “It was an extremely generous offer from the Community Association.

“The fact of the matter was that when the weather was bad, we would get absolutely soaking in our red jumpers.

“We may have looked smart, but it was no fun in the cold wet conditions.

“Now the new jackets are much better.

“Not only do they look smart, but they are suitable for all weathers.”

Fleetwood Old Boys Band were formed specially for the 150th birthday celebrations of Fleetwood back in 1986.

They were formed by members of the former Fleetwood Sea Cadet Band who had won stacks of awards back in the 1960s and early 1970s.

Over the year the Old Boys went on to perform at numerous events in Fleetwood, including Fleetwood Carnival Day.

But gradually the members got older and the combo had to disband.

However, a Fleetwood tragedy revived the band.

The death of Marine Darren Smith in 2009 meant that the Remembrance Day Parade that year had to be extra special, and there was a request for the band to reform.

And they did the town proud with their stirring performance in the parade that year, when the ceremony at the cenotaph was attended by almost twice as many people.

Since then the band, with new members on board, have gone from strength to strength, now boasting 30 members.

They meet up every Wednesday night for practice at Fleetwood Conservative Club.

Peter added: “It is very apt that we got together for Fleetwood’s birthday – now we’ll perform to celebrate the town’s 175th birthday.”

To join the bugle and drum band phone Peter on (01253) 876220.