Military band are back where it all started

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A MILITARY band formed in Bulwell are preparing to return to the venue in the town where they performed their first-ever concert.

The Nottingham Band of the Royal Engineers were originally based at the drill hall on Hucknall Lane, which is the headquarters of the Territorial Army (TA) in Bulwell.

The volunteer soldiers who make up the band first stepped on to the stage at St Mary’s Church on Highbury Road.

Now they will wow an audience at the historic church during a concert on Friday December 16 — five years after their first.

The band will give a varied programme, including Christmas carols and traditional military music.

Special guests will include the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Coun Mick Wildgust (Lab), who is a member of Nottingham City Council and lives in Bulwell.

Jillian Naylor, a member of the church, has been involved in organising the event.

“We are delighted to welcome them back,” she said. “It is fantastic that they were at the church for their fist concert, and I am sure everyone will want to see them again.

“They provide something to suit everyone’s tastes, so I would encourage people to buy their tickets and come along.”

The band have earned an impressive reputation since being formed and have performed at venues up and down the country, as well as on several occasions in Germany.

They are now based at the TA centre on Wigman Road in Bilborough.

OUR PHOTO shows the band on the march.