Band wants public to tune in to aid £60,000 cash bid

Innerleithen silver band final of the Jubilee People's Millions 2011.
Innerleithen silver band final of the Jubilee People's Millions 2011.

ST RONAN’S Silver Band, based in Innerleithen, has made it to the final of the Jubilee People’s Millions 2011.

The band has submitted a bid to win £60,000 to supply the players with new instruments and allow more young people and members of the community to get involved.

The competition will get under way at 9am on Monday, June 27, when a special telephone number will be released to vote for the project. Voting continues until midnight with the result announced the next day.

At 200 years old, St Ronan’s may be the oldest band in Scotland and, today, it is certainly one of the most active, playing at around 50 engagements each year.

The outfit currently supports a training section, youth band and senior band, but a lack of instruments has meant that the family of bands has not been able to continue its growth.

“We have an amazing opportunity, through the Jubilee People’s Millions, to give more people the opportunity to play and more people the opportunity to listen to and enjoy our music,” explained band chairman Murray Charters.

“We want everyone to vote for our Tuba Dreams project on June 27 and help live music thrive in the Borders and beyond,” he added.

The phone number will be available on that date at or as well as within the Daily Mirror newspaper. Each line is allowed 10 votes with each call costing 11 pence.

The People’s Millions is a grants programme run by the Big Lottery Fund, in partnership with ITV. This year there is £3.6million to give out, so awards of up to £60,000 (including VAT) are expected to be disbursed to four projects in each of the 15 ITV regional news areas.