Town’s reception for winning band
1:00pm Monday 28th October 2013 in News
GOODWICK Brass Band’s recent success in the UK national championships brought further appreciation last week when members were honoured with a civic reception organised by Fishguard and Goodwick Town Council.
It was not only the band’s Second Section victory that was praised but also its policy of providing a platform for local youngsters interested in band music.
Mayor, Cllr Richard Grosvenor, said: “This is a remarkable achievement and you have done us all proud. We thank you for helping to put us on the map and we really appreciate what you do for the town day in day out through the year.
“The band is part of Fishguard and Goodwick’s DNA and what is particularly impressive is the average age of the band being only 23. It is easy to criticise young people today,” said the Mayor, “but you should be proud of your youth policy and what you have done for the town.”
The Mayor presented Musical Director Matthew Jenkins and Chairman Tony Evans with a plaque from the Town Council to mark the band’s success.
Band Chairman Tony Evans thanked the council and presented a display of all the trophies won during the past year.
“This shows what is possible with hard work in brass banding,” said Mr Evans, “and for me the pinnacle of our achievement was the national title. It was a dream come true.
“Since Matthew Jenkins took over conducting in 2007-08 his dedicated work has produced remarkable results and now we have to maintain this progress. It is amazing to think that a band from such a small area is now ranked number 80 in the world.”