Appeal after Sandbach band blaze


Foden’s Band has launched a fundraising campaign to restore damaged memorabilia after a fire destroyed its rehearsal room.

The world famous Sandbach band is looking to raise £30,000 after the blaze ripped through the room in Elworth on April 17.

The room contained historical artefacts, a music library of over 3,500 pieces and many of the band’s musical instruments as well as their famous red jackets.

Following a lengthy investigation by Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service and Cheshire Police, it has been deduced that the cause of the blaze is believed to be electrical and started accidentally.

A band spoesman said: “All at Foden’s are extremely saddened by the incident, especially the loss of much of the band’s historical archives.

“Musical Instruments can easily be replaced but to lose items of sentimental and historical value is devastating to the band, and the wider brass band community.

“However, it is at times like this when you realise what a fantastic movement the Brass Band family is; we have been inundated with hundreds of messages of support and offers of help from bands and individuals, not only in our local area, but across the entire UK and overseas.

“We have also received numerous offers of help from various music publishing companies to start the rebuilding of our music library.

“Despite our loss we participated in three concerts in the week that followed the fire, something that would not have been possible without the offers of help.

“All existing and new concerts will be honoured and our wide ranging Youth development commitments will continue.

“The incident has brought the already close band even closer together, and the rebuilding process has already started.

“Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service battled to save as much as possible, but it is now clear that of the artefacts saved, considerable repair and preservation costs must be found.

“The fire has broken the hearts of not only band members, but music lovers across the banding world.”

The band would be grateful for any contribution towards restoring the few items of historical significance they have left.

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