Jubilee band re-forms for sell-out charity gig

Padbury Village Band members and fundraisers from The Puzzle Centre and Buckingham and Winslow Young Carers. 121124N-D006

Padbury Village Band members and fundraisers from The Puzzle Centre and Buckingham and Winslow Young Carers. 121124N-D006

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Three local charities will benefit by a total of £875 after a sell-out concert by the Padbury Village Band in front of an audience of 100 last Saturday night.

Originally formed to perform at the village’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in June, the band reformed by popular demand to stage A Bit Of A Bop, a night of music from the 1960s to the present day, in the village hall.

The profit from ticket sales, a prize draw and takings at the bar will be split between the Padbury Village Development Fund, Young Carers Bucks and the Puzzle Centre pre-school, in Middle Claydon.

Proceeds from the grand draw went to Marie Curie Cancer Care.

The band, led by Stowe School music teacher and pianist Miles Nottage, featured lead vocalists Jim Bursell and Megan Iliffe-Rolfe backed by lead guitarist Nick McNulty, bass player Lewis Brito and Ben Andrew on drums. Other villagers played their part as backing singers and instrumentalists ranging from saxophone to flute.

Mr Nottage said: “We had so much fun at the Diamond Jubilee back in June that we thought it was a great idea to get back together and do another concert. It’s hard work, believe me, but well worth it. There’s a lot of musical talent in this village.”