Tadcaster In Union

Big Band Flood Concert Tadcaster in Union East met West, as the town of Tadcaster came together to attend a special fundraising concert.
Tadcaster Grammar School’s Big Band raised the roof of the Riley-Smith Hall and, in the process, raised thousands of pounds in aid of the Tadcaster flood victims.
It was an occasion to remember, as a sell-out audience enjoyed an afternoon of outstanding entertainment, with students and former students joining forces to play and sing to rapturous applause and a standing ovation.
HRH The Duke of York was unable to attend, but sent an official letter from Buckingham Palace, which was read out at the start of the concert by Big Band member Ed Fothergill.
Under the direction of its Leader and the organiser of the whole event, Gillian Hainsworth, the Big Band played a selection of 25 numbers including Singing InThe Rain and Cry Me A River. Joining the Big Band to sing were ex-students Rosie Winter and Beth Stevens and current students Alicia Fletcher, Megan Day and Erin Wilson, who all thrilled the audience with their performances.
The piece de resistance was a specially arranged piece of music entitled Tadcaster in Union, which had been arranged by Mrs Hainsworth especially for the event. It involved children from all three Primary Schools in the town, firefighters, paramedics, clergy, Tadcaster Albion FC and local football clubs. This wonderful rendition closed the first half and then was reprised before the end of the second half with audience participation and hardly a dry eye in the house.
Keeping everything together and adding their own humour and expertise were BBC Radio York presenters Adam Tomlinson and Anna Wallace.
In attendance in his official capacity and wearing full uniform was the Deputy Lieutenant of North Yorkshire David A Kerfoot, the Vice Chairman of Selby District Council Stephanie Duckett and her Consort David Duckett, Councillor Margaret Middlemiss, MP Nigel Adams who gave a speech at the end and the Headteacher of Tadcaster Grammar School Martyn Sibley. Richard Sweeting, the Chairman of Selby District Council was unable to attend because of a previous commitment, but made it to the Riley-Smith just in time to present Mrs Hainsworth with a bouquet of flowers in gratitude for all she had done for the town in organising this special fundraising concert.
A cheque for £2,200 was presented to Angela Rooke and Kirsty Poskitt from the Tadcaster Flood Support and Fundraising Group, being money raised from the sale of tickets. The sum of £900 was also taken from the sale of Yorkshire Rose pins, kindly donated by Buckley Jewellery London. Monies from the raffle and tombola have yet to be confirmed, but it is likely that the whole event will have raised nearly £4,000.
As the Tadcaster In Union song said: ‘No river can divide, As one we stand with pride’. A very fitting occasion and enjoyed by all.