Blidworth band marks anniversary

Blidworth Welfare Band, one of the Newark and Sherwood district’s premier brass bands, celebrated its 30th year by giving a concert at the Turner Hall in Mansfield Woodhouse.

The band played to a capacity audience who were treated to a programme of popular favourites, including music performed as winners of the Bolsover Festival of Brass.

MD Martin Heartfield entertained the audience between items and burst into song, along with the Blidworth Welfare Band ‘Glee Club’, in a vocal rendition of ‘Gee, Officer Krupke’” from ‘West Side Story’.

The band began life as the Teversal Colliery Band but on the colliery’s closure the band moved to nearby Blidworth, which has been its home for the last 30 years.

A special presentation was made to outgoing chairman of the band, Martin Carlin, who has been an active member since its inception.

Martin is stepping down after a recent illness and to devote more time to his family.

Secretary Karen Cretney said: “Martin has been a great asset to the band both as a player, committee member and chairman over the years and we shall miss his input.”

l Pictured is MD Martin Heartfield, left, making a presentation to outgoing chairman Martin Carlin.