Sell-out concert flies high to boost air ambulance

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A FEAST of music in Papplewick soared high to raise more than £1,200 for the lifesaving Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire Air Ambulance.

‘An Evening of Sax, Swing and Brass’ was a sell-out at Papplewick Village Hall.

The audience was wowed by the popular Hucknall and Linby Mining Community Brass, the quartet Four 4 Sax and the Ravenshead Swing Band.

The event was organised by talented musician Marjorie Fifoot, of Hucknall, who endured a hectic time because she also plays in all three of the groups.

A varied night was split into two halves with each act performing individual sets.

Music covered every genre — from classical to famous film tracks and renowned offerings from the Big Band era.

A spectacular musical finale featured all three groups as they played the hit ‘I Feel Good’, which was made famous by the late godfather of soul, James Brown.

The acts received rapturous applause and a final task was a presentation to Marjorie in recognition of all her hard work in putting the concert together.

The cash raised will support the renowned air ambulance, which is based at RAF Waddington, south of Lincoln. The helicopter can reach any destination within the two counties it serves within 19 minutes and is often the difference between life and death for patients.

But the ambulance is funded solely by public donations and local businesses. It receives no direct funding from the government.

n LAST Saturday, Hucknall and Linby Mining Community Brass also performed at the wedding of two of their players, Susan Woolley and Christopher Tetley, at St Paul’s Church in Carlton.