Flower power in tune bid

Gazette readers are being encouraged by the academy to drop instruments off at Layton Allotments this weekend

Gazette readers are being encouraged by the academy to drop instruments off at Layton Allotments this weekend

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The Gazette’s Give Us A Tune campaign is in touching distance of hitting its first target – with readers encouraged to dig deep by backing our appeal at a garden open day.

Earlier this year we launched a bid to leave a lasting musical legacy in the resort in partnership with Blackpool Music Academy in Waterloo Road.

We wanted Gazette readers to donate 50 musical instruments and £20,000 to help subsidise lessons.

The response has been brilliant so far, with 46 instruments donated – including two violins this week.

This Sunday students from the centre will perform at the Layton Allotment Open Day, with academy owner John Shaw encouraging readers to the 50-mark.

He told The Gazette: “So far the response to the campaign has been truly amazing.

“We have been overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of people.

“This weekend we will be at the Layton Allotment Open Day between 11am and 3pm, with readers being invited to drop off any instruments they don’t need throughout the day.

“We are only four away from our target and it would be great to hit it this weekend.”

Founded by Mr Shaw in 2006, the academy was created with the aim of making music accessible to people from all walks of life.

Classes at the centre cover a range of instruments from the keyboard to the ukulele and no experience is necessary.

The Gazette’s Give Us A Tune campaign has already won the backing of famous names including DJ Danny Howard, musical star Jodie Prenger and singer Little Boots.

In June Blackpool-born Pet Shop Boys member Chris Lowe donated a keyboard.

Sunday’s event includes the chance to learn more about gardening and ask advice from growers. A craft stall, tombola, face painting, food and refreshments will also be available.

Mr Shaw added: “People should come along for a great day out and ask advice from seasoned growers. People can drop instruments off, knowing they will go to a good home. Our radio station, Fylde Coast Radio, will also be there.”

For more information, contact (01253) 695398.

The academy can collect items from homes if required.