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Charity concert to boost funds for repairs to Barnard Castle Methodist Church

RAISING BRASS: Sharon Walker of Barnard Castle Brass Band with Methodist church minister Revd Bev Hollings

A BRASS band cornet player has orchestrated a charity concert to benefit a church close to her heart.
Sharon Walker, of Barnard Castle Brass Band, has called on her band mates to perform a special concert in aid of the town’s Methodist Church, where she, her mother and her daughter were all married.
Mrs Walker, who has been part of the band from the age of nine, said all of the members were giving their time for free to raise cash for extra work required to repair the church spire.
She added: “On closer inspection, when the cherry picker was here, further repair work around the windows of the spire was identified.
“This additional work will cost in the region of £12,000.
“Donations will cover about half of this, leaving a shortfall of about £6,000.
“All proceeds from the concert will go towards this second phase of work on the spire.”
Regarding the programme, she said: “We’re playing a mix, but with it being the anniversary of the war, we’ll do quite a bit of that, as well as some Andrew Lloyd Webber.
“We have the Barnard Castle March which was written specifically for us, we always finish off with that.”
Co-incidently, Mrs Walker’s daughter Rebecca will be celebrating her second wedding anniversary on  September 27 when the concert takes place.
She met her husband David Hopkins through band practice.
The concert by Barnard Castle Brass Band and Friends will take place at the church at 7pm and the ticket price of £4.50 includes refreshments.
Church minister Revd Bev Hollings said: “We are grateful for the donations we have been getting.
“The businesses hve been very supportive.”
Tickets are available from A Cut Above hairdressing salon, Curlews book shop and the church office.


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