Once again the band have featured prominently on local radio over the festive season. BBC Radio Lancashire’s ‘Intimate Christmas’ concert again featured a live concert which was recorded and edited and broadcast on Christmas Day. The live show this year was in the Guild Hall in Preston, so no pressure on tickets then as it seats more than 2,000 people.
As well as the band, for whom this has become something of an annual feature, there were several other interesting groups performing. These included a local rock group The Paul Hayes Collection, Anchorsholme Primary Academy choir from near Blackpool, Sean Ruane, the Bacup tenor who has performed at national and international venues and sporting occasions and who now via his Chant Productions company works with many embryonic school and works choirs, and finally the BAE Aerospace Systems’ choir from nearby Warton and Samlesbury with whom Sean is also involved.
A very large audience, which included lots of patrons, enjoyed a great afternoon’s entertainment, which included most of the traditional Christmas favourites. Outside, the torrential downpour, which had started at lunchtime, continued unabated all through the afternoon. The two-hour show was edited down for a one hour slot on the radio and some of you hopefully heard it.
No recorded highlights on Christmas Eve though, as some of the band went over to the studios in Blackburn to appear live on their popular ‘Dial a Carol’ show in the afternoon. People rang in with a request and a dedication and the band duly obliged live on air. After finishing there at 4pm, they then went on to the East Lancs Hospice in Blackburn to play carols and requests for the patients and their families.
This was the second year the band has done this and it was really appreciated by everyone there.
And finally… we weren’t completely finished with Radio Lancashire as they showed up at the Scout HQ on New Year’s Eve.
Their live ‘12 Days of Christmas’ programme needed 12 drummers drumming and who better to do this than our own percussion section. Thanks for the opportunities Radio Lancashire and we’ll meet up again with you at Windsor in the Spring.