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The show must go on... and on... for musicians

Robin Maidment, left, Paul Wellard, and John Welford of the White Star Band, which is taking part in a brass band 24 hour play-a-thon to raise money for Martin House Children's Hospice. 141741b
25/4/14  Photo by Andrew Higgins, for the Ryedale Mercury

Robin Maidment, left, Paul Wellard, and John Welford of the White Star Band, which is taking part in a brass band 24 hour play-a-thon to raise money for Martin House Children's Hospice. 141741b 25/4/14 Photo by Andrew Higgins, for the Ryedale Mercury

The show must go on... and on... and on... for Malton White Star Band this weekend.

Members of the brass band will go without sleep as they embark on a 24-hour Play-a-Thon at St Michael’s Church, Market Place, Malton, from Friday at 7pm, in support of the Good Night’s Sleep Appeal for Martin House Children’s Hospice. The Wetherby-based charity cares for youngsters with life-limiting illnesses.

Robin Maidment, the band chairman, said: “We heard about the appeal on BBC Radio York and thought we could do something to support it. I mooted the idea of the Play-a-Thon when we had a committee meeting and then put it to the band members and everyone was in favour of it.”

“The event is quite unique in itself for us – the only thing we usually do is concerts.”

They expect to “play anything and everything,” during the 24 hours, added Robin, who will remain on site throughout, alongside musical director Cliff Hicks.

Players from Swinton and District Excelsior, Stape Silver Band, Simply Brass, of Scarborough, and York RI Golden Rail Band, will also lend their support by performing during the Play-a-Thon. Members of the public are invited to pop in and support the musicians during the marathon event.

 

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