Drummers retell their story

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SPALDING Marching Ambassadors hold open house at the town’s United Reformed Church next week so they can share with visitors their first-hand accounts of what it was like to be involved in the Olympic Games.

Much of the story will be told on screen but there will be some live drumming too as the Ambassadors’ “Olympic Five” recreate the sounds of the summer of 2012.

Bandmaster Jim Bright, daughter Cathrine and grandson Tristan appeared in the opening and closing ceremonies with band mates Annabel Newell and Carol Felts.

The open night runs from 7pm-9pm on Thursday.

The Ambassadors want to say a big thank you to the many sponsors who helped foot the £6,000 bill for 30 rehearsals, overnight hotel stays and transport costs.

Big donors were Bakkavor staff shop, who gave £3,500, and South Holland District Council, who gave £850. But many individuals dipped into their pockets too.

Jim said: “We want to tell this marvellous story from start to finish and share the experience.

“Everyone is welcome.”

The Ambassadors drummed in the opening scenes, most memorably in the industrial revolution set,

They have been allowed to keep their costumes from both the opening and closing ceremonies – period costume from the opening and blue suits with light bulbs on their hats from the closing – and they will be on show.