Coral jubilee for band with Olympic records

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Members of a Spalding band relived the thrill of taking part in the London 2012 Olympics as it celebrated its 35th anniversary.

Spalding Marching Ambassadors marked its coral jubilee with a reunion attended by current and former members at the town’s United Reformed Church.

About 100 people were present at the event which started with a buffet tea, followed by a performance by the band which featured the routine they put on at the Olympics and a piece which won first place at a competition in Stoke-on-Trent last month.

Bandmaster and co-founder Jim Bright (72) said: “It was lovely to meet up with past members and share lots of memories from the past.

“There were lots of photos and videos for people to watch and to see how much the band has changed over the years.”

The band was originally founded as Spalding Drum and Trumpet Corps, made up of members from 1st Spalding Girls’ and Boys’ Brigades.

It has gone on to take part in various events over the years such as Spalding Flower Parade, 2013’s Love Your Local Market Day, Springfields Festival and Tulipmania.

Jim said: “I thought I might not be here when it comes to celebrating 40 years of the band, so I thought we’d have it for 35 years while I’m still going strong.”

Unquestionably the highlight for the band so far was when five of its members, including Jim, his daughter Cathrine and grandson Tristan, took part in the spectacular opening and closing ceremonies at London 2012.

Jim said: “It was an adventure and exciting because I’d always wanted to be involved in one of those big bands like you see in America.

“But London 2012 was even better than that and I was proud that three members of my family were selected to be part of it, not so much for myself but for my daughter and grandson. Words can’t express the emotions of being part of the greatest show on earth and the memories will live with me forever.”