St Ronan’s hit the jackpot

Members of St. Ronan's Silver Band receive their People's Millions' �60,000 cheque from ITV's Fiona Armstrong at St. Ronan's School
Members of St. Ronan's Silver Band receive their People's Millions' �60,000 cheque from ITV's Fiona Armstrong at St. Ronan's School

St Ronan’s Silver Band have brassed off the opposition to claim £60,000 of National Lottery money.

The Innerleithen group of musicians won Monday’s Jubilee People’s Millions contest by collecting more phone votes for their Tuba Dreams project than rival Hartlepool bid The Solar Solution.

The cheque was delivered to the band by ITV Border presenter Fiona Armstrong on Tuesday lunchtime during a recording session.

The cash will go towards buying new brass and percussion instruments to allow more people to learn to play and add to the bands already run by St Ronan’s, which celebrated its 200th anniversary last year.

Jubilant band chairman Murray Charters said: “We are absolutely delighted with this brilliant result.

“It means we can give the next generation of brass players and percussionists the opportunity to learn to play.

“We have been overwhelmed by the support for our Tuba Dreams project and would like to say a massive thank you to the many people who took time to vote for us on Monday and helped make the dream a reality.

“Without the huge effort of our members, families, friends and supporters we could never have achieved this win – £60,000 will set us well on the way to a full new set of instruments.”

Meanwhile, the Waverley Tenants Organisation is awaiting the results of yesterday’s People’s Millions vote which could see Langlee in Galashiels gain a new play park.

Their bid for £60,000, which would fund the Beech Avenue facility, went up against a garden share scheme in Moffat.