National Lottery fame for Morecambe Brass Band

Morecambe Brass Band
Morecambe Brass Band

Morecambe Brass Band joined in The National Lottery’s 20 year celebrations after being one of the first projects to receive funding.

The band received the first cheque of £47,000 for new instruments 20 years ago and have now featured on several TV programmes about the Lottery’s ‘Life Changing’ project.

Bernard Vause, president of Morecambe Brass Band, said: “When you give an aspiring player, no matter how old they are, a good instrument then it acts as a stimulus to practice and that is one of the by-products of receiving this wonderful grant all those years ago.”

On Saturday night, November 22, the brass players performed on a special edition of The National Lottery Live on BBC One.

The band also appeared on ITV’s Good Morning Britain on November 19, playing outside a newsagent in Romford, who have been the biggest Lottery winners per head of population.

Andrew Warriner, Morecambe Brass Band conductor, said: “Appearing on Good Morning Britain was wonderful publicity, although it was a bit surreal to be playing Whigfield’s SaturdayNight on a cold Wednesday morning many miles from home!” Jackie O’Sullivan, from The National Lottery, said: “The grant has led to countless hours of fulfilment for band members and people who have enjoyed their music.”