ROUSING renditions from a North East colliery band have been recorded in Ashington to mark the 30th anniversary of a charity that provides safe water to the world's poorest people.
A mixture of modern and traditional big brass sounds, the recording by the Northumbrian Water Ellington Colliery Band was made this summer.
The band recorded the tracks at St Andrew’s Church in Ashington in just one day after their sponsor suggested the project to support WaterAid in its 30th year.
John Colvine, the band’s manager and principal cornet, said: “We were delighted to welcome the guests to the WaterAid Ball and we got some positive feedback on the night,” he said.
“When we were asked to record the CD we jumped at the chance to help support the fantastic charity, which does such important work.
“I hope that the CD sells well and raises as much money as possible to help save and change people’s lives.
“It was a hard day of recording; a few of us arrived at 8.30am to get set up and we worked through until around 7pm.
“We’re really proud of it and although it’s not the first one we’ve recorded I think it’s certainly the best.”
The charity provides safe water, effective sanitation and hygiene education to the world’s poorest people in 26 countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific region.
John Mowbray, chairman for WaterAid Northumbria, said: “I am delighted at the amount of money we have raised and would like to thank each individual and business involved in playing their part to save lives and give people hope for the future.” Mr Colvine said the CD was a reflection of the band’s repertoire over the last eight months.
“It’s a very worthwhile cause and we were more than happy to spend the time doing it to help our sponsor and the charity.
“It was an excellent experience, especially for some of our younger members.”
Northumbrian Water thanked JN Bentley Limited and Lumsden and Carroll Construction Limited, both from Durham, and Fastflow Pipeline Services Limited and Gowland and Dawson Limited, both from Washington, Tyne and Wear for their support. The CD by the colliery band is on sale now for £10 and is available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or from the band at any of their autumn and winter appearances.