IT’S a word the bandmaster of Spalding Marching Ambassadors Jim Bright doesn’t use very often, but he promises us the Olympics opening ceremony will be “awesome”.
Jim is sworn to secrecy about the exact nature of the event that five drummers from the band are taking part in, but says: “I can assure you the opening ceremony will be something you have never seen before. It will be quite an eye opener.”
As to the particular piece of music the band is rehearsing, it is “typically English” is all Jim will say.
The 30 rehearsals and the opening and closing ceremonies all entail costly trips to London for three members of the Bright family – Jim, his daughter Cathrine and grandson Tristan, as well as Carol Felts and Annabel Newell.
Bakkavor Spalding Staff Shop handed over a cheque for £3,500 at the United Reformed Church in Spalding to cover some of the costs.
Jim, who said church member Frank Thompson had been instrumental in arranging the band members’ participation, said: “It was very generous of Bakkavor. It is proving to be rather costly and without their help and everyone’s help we wouldn’t be able to afford it.”