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Co-operative Funeralcare benefits local youth band

A Plympton-based youth band has received financial support from the Co-operative Funeralcare.

Laira Youth Band offers youngsters the opportunity to learn to read and play music, regardless of whether they can afford an instrument.

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Manager of the Co-operative Funeralcare in Plymouth Richard Parson presented the cheque for £400 to bandmaster Tony Hollick.

“We are proud to be associated with Laira Youth Band and are eagerly awaiting another performance, following a fantastic free recital at Plympton Ridgeway for the town’s Christmas lights switch on in December, where staff from Co-operative businesses were out and about in the community with refreshments,” Parson commented.

There are currently 25 members of the band, aged between 12 and 25. The sponsorship will be used towards the purchase of new uniforms, members’ music exam fees and the upkeep of instruments, which, in turn, support local charities through performances.

Tony Hollick remarked: “We are delighted that the Co-operative has kindly decided to sponsor the band.

“These funds will really help us to progress with the future of the Band.”

Image: Richard Parson; Tony Hollick; and euphonium player Rachel Moran.

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