Christmas appeal is as bold as brass

Chris Fox needs more than jingle bells as he appeals for a brass band for the annual Christmas fair held at Firth Park
Chris Fox needs more than jingle bells as he appeals for a brass band for the annual Christmas fair held at Firth Park
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A Christmas festival in Sheffield is facing a very silent night...

Organisers of the light switch-on in Firth Park are appealing for a band to perform for the thousands of people expected to flock to the event.

Chris Fox needs more than jingle bells as he appeals for a brass band for the annual Christmas fair held at Firth Park

Chris Fox needs more than jingle bells as he appeals for a brass band for the annual Christmas fair held at Firth Park

With just four weeks to go until the annual celebration, the committee is desperate for a brass or silver band to play traditional festive tunes to get crowds in the mood.

In previous years festival-goers have been entertained by the likes of the Ee By Gum choir. Last year a local school offered their services but are unable to return a second time round.

And while other star attractions such as a dance and fire show, gifts marquee, rides and a firework display finale will prove a big attraction the committee fears the occasion will not be the same without the sound of a trumpet or two.

But the budget is tight – and organisers hope to find a generous group of music-makers to give up their time.

Chris Fox, who helps organise the event, said: “Once again the volunteer committee at Firth Park are delighted to present the Christmas lights switch on event.

“The only thing we are struggling to find is a brass or silver band to play us some traditional festive tunes, so if anyone can offer some music we would be very grateful.

“We are looking for a brass band or even a small combo to add to the traditional Christmas feel, rather than the pop band sound but would consider anything.

“Funding has been hard this year as we are all aware, with so many cut-backs, but the committee has received help from many sources including the Community First panels, local area panels and Sanctuary Housing Association and David Blunkett.”

A lantern parade put together by children from primary schools in the Firth Park area will kick off the festivities at 3pm.

Santa’s grotto will be open to youngsters from 3pm until 5.30pm.

Brightside and Hillsborough MP David Blunkett will do the honours by flicking the switch on the Christmas tree on the roundabout outside the park at 6pm.

n Any bands are asked to contact the committee at firthparkfestival@gmail.com or by calling Mr Fox on 07814719126.