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Walking band brings some cheer to West Norfolk villagers in isolation




Residents were able to enjoy the sounds of New Orleans at the weekend as a brass band passed through their village.

In partnership with Norfolk and Waveney Mind, the East Angles Brass band played at Docking on Saturday afternoon, while maintaining social distancing.

Villagers were able to enjoy live music for the first time in months from the safety of their front gardens as nine members of the band walked through the village, creating a parade in the process.

East Angles Brass band played on the streets of Docking on Saturday afternoon. Pictures: Ian Burt
East Angles Brass band played on the streets of Docking on Saturday afternoon. Pictures: Ian Burt

Leader of the band and trumpet player David Maddison said the idea was to entertain residents who have been in isolation.

He said: “We have been doing it for a while now, playing in the street. We wanted to do that around here to provide something a bit different.

“So many people have been missing live music and the residents I spoke to seemed a bit overwhelmed as it was not what they were expecting, but in a good way.

Locals came outside to watch the band play through the streets of Docking.. (38276318)
Locals came outside to watch the band play through the streets of Docking.. (38276318)

“A few of them told us they were so happy and that it has given them something to talk about with their families.”

The band were playing in Docking for around an hour-and-a-half on Saturday, and they are hoping to do something similar for a Fakenham care home on August 29.

They also intend to perform on stage in Lincolnshire soon, which will be streamed live online for their Facebook followers.

East Angles Brass band played on the streets of Docking on Saturday afternoon.. (38276375)
East Angles Brass band played on the streets of Docking on Saturday afternoon.. (38276375)

Regarding Covid-19 precautions, Mr Maddison said: “We have to be careful to avoid blowing directly at people and we keep our distance as much as we can.

“It can be quite hard when you are walking around as some of the trombones expand two metres which means it can be difficult to maintain exact distances.

“But we try to be as safe as we can, and I would say we maintained social distancing on Saturday”.

East Angles Brass band played on the streets of Docking on Saturday afternoon.. (38276281)
East Angles Brass band played on the streets of Docking on Saturday afternoon.. (38276281)

The band set off from Docking’s village hall at 2pm, and encouraged visitors and residents to follow in a parade as long as they maintained a safe distance apart when listening and dancing to the music.

In order to show their support for Norfolk and Waveney Mind, the band members wore t-shirts which had been provided by the mental health charity.

Mr Maddison said the band had become aware of a social media post by the charity,
and wanted to support the cause.

East Angles Brass band have previously played in Downham, Wisbech and Chatteris.

The band’s Facebook page can be found by searching East Angles Brass.


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