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Bakewell Rotary Club Brass in the Park



This ever-popular event was held on Wednesday evening 3rd July during the

annual Bakewell Carnival week. Whilst the weather was cooler than expected

in early July any lingering rain cleared ahead of the start of proceedings - and was very well attended by the local town, surrounding villages and visitors.

The Bakewell Community choir conducted by Lester Simpson were singing whilst people were gathering ahead of the official opening by Rotary President, John

Craike - and then continued for a set piece ahead of contributions from the bands. Youlgrave conducted by Harry Houghton, started, then Tideswell with conductor, Simon Lewis, Cressbrook with Helen Thurby -and then Bakewell again with Helen as Sarah Fellowes was unable to be with us.

There was a grand finale with massed brass from all 4 bands - again with Helen wielding the baton.

Music varied from pop to classic and a lot to clap, sing and dance along to - and with Abba's ‘Waterloo’ (50 years old now!), ‘Radetsky March’ and the ‘Floral Dance’ to complete the evening.

The event was raising funds for the wonderful work of local charity, EMICS (East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme) which provides additional specialist medical support to paramedics for serious road traffic accidents - and who work closely with Air Ambulance. Volunteer

medics Dan Crook and Jean Cragg were there along with the support hospital car to show and explain their work to those at the concert.

A souvenir programme is available on request. Rotary are most grateful for all our sponsors - Longbow Venues, Franklin & Co, Medway Centre and Heirs & Graces - and to all the musicians - and the Bakewell carnival committee.

Our next fundraiser is the annual Duck race on Sunday 8th September.

Rotary Bakewell Meeting Update

At the club meeting on 3rd July we had one of our two club nominees from Lady Manners School who attended the RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) team weekend in Buxton in May to tell us of her experiences – of challenging their abilities including abseiling and canoeing. The handover of President for the new 2024/25 year to John Craike was also on the agenda.

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