THE members of Holsworthy Town Band with the help of Launceston, Bideford and Bude Metric Brass were very proud to lead the St Peter’s Fair ‘Furry Dance’ after being laid low for 16 months because of COVID restrictions.

During the pandemic many town bands were unable to meet for practices. Despite the obstacles they faced however, Holsworthy Town Band was able to pull through and perform, as is tradition, for the Furry Dance, thanks to the support of nearby bands.

On behalf of Holsworthy Town Band Sue Lyle said: “We were asked whether we would be available by the organisers of St Peter’s Fair in May. It was explained that we haven’t been able to meet. We as a band are not called Holsworthy for nothing and we didn’t want to let the town down.

“It was our connections with the said bands that they answered our cry for help.

“Never, in many years has Holsworthy seen a band of 27 musicians parade through its streets, it was a sight to be seen.

“We come together because of our love of music, comradeship, companionship, friendship. Please don’t let this ‘ship’ sink we need your help in keeping these things going.”

For more information contact Tony Jones (Holsworthy) 07989 899847, Ann Brown (Launceston) 07814 565944, Mark Durham (Bideford) via their Facebook page, or Colin Gay (Bude Metric) 07964 160 910.