Alford Silver Band to play Vangelis’s Chariots of Fire when Olympic Torch Relay passes through Mumby

Alford Silver Band will play Chariots of Fire when the Olympic Torch passes through Mumby.
Alford Silver Band will play Chariots of Fire when the Olympic Torch passes through Mumby.

ALFORD Silver Band will give the Olympic Torch a rousing welcome to Mumby when it passes through the village on Wednesday morning.

The popular local band will play Vangelis’s inspiring ‘Chariots of Fire’ when the torch passes by after Mumby Parish Council invited them to take part.

Two runners will share the honour of carrying the torch along the A52 through Mumby between 10.33am and 10.37am.

“We were delighted to be given this honour,” commented band chairman, Martin Briggs. “This is a very special event and it is great that the band can be part of it.”

A full band of 25 musicians will entertain the crowd with a suitable programme of music between 10am and 11am.

Several band members have taken time off work to contribute to the occasion, and at the band’s request, a number of its younger members have been given leave from their schools so that they can participate.

The band’s musical director, renowned international trumpet player Steve Walker will lead the band.

And Steve has selected a most suitable arrangement to mark the actual passage of the torch, with Vangelis’s theme to the film Chariots of Fire.

“We kicked around a number of possible pieces at rehearsal,” chuckled Martin. “Anything with ‘flame’ or ‘burn’ in the title was considered. But Chariots of Fire was the obvious choice.”

Further information about the band can be obtained from the band secretary, Jane Taylor via 01507 466330 or 07899 745173, or via secretary@alfordsilverband.co.uk or from the band’s website at www.alfordsilverband.co.uk.