Blackburn and Darwen brass band perform Christmas carols on Pendle Hill as part of fundraiser

Members of a marching band braved the weather to play Christmas carols atop Pendle Hill.

Blackburn and Darwen Brass Band climbed the 557-meter-high hill on Saturday to offer fellow climbers Christmas carols as part of their ‘Big Tuba’ call.

The Pendle Hill event, which hoped to raise £ 50, raised £ 800 with five players and three supporters carrying their instruments up the hill to perform favorites including ‘Jingle Bells’,’ Good King Wenceslas’ and a very fitting ‘In the Bleak In the middle of winter ‘.

They were joined at the top by fifteen walkers who were treated to an unexpected concert.

Euphonium player Jan Walukiewicz said: “We were trying as much as possible to raise as much money as possible and we were all trying to think of ways to fundraise and I thought, what about something different ?

“We can climb the hill, collect money and play Christmas carols at the top.”

Before heading up the hill, the group, consisting of two cornet players, a trombone player, a euphonium player and a tuba player, performed at The Cabin in Barley parking lot and then continued to perform at the Pendle Inn when they came down to the group level.

The group climbed the hill with their instruments on their backs, the larger euphonium and tuba instruments adding tremendous weight to the climbers.

Jan added: “It was of course difficult with the euphonium and Richard on the tuba which is the tuba we would like to replace.

“It was he who suffered the most because it is probably 13 kg or 14 kg of instrument.”

The marching band is holding a number of other fundraisers as part of its appeal to raise £ 14,000.

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