An up-and-coming Blackpool band are the latest act to throw their support behind our appeal to leave a lasting musical legacy in the resort.
As The Gazette’s Give Us A Tune campaign continued to gather momentum, five-piece group Golden Wings has pledged its support.
The band is set to appear on Radio One DJ Huw Stephens’ new music show on Wednesday and is one of several names to back our appeal, including DJ Danny Howard, singer/songwriter Little Boots and musical star Jodie Prenger.
We want Gazette readers to donate 50 instruments and £20,000 to help subsidise lessons at Blackpool Music Academy, leaving a legacy of young musicians in the resort.
And band member Jack Beaman, 21, hailed the appeal as a “brilliant idea”.
He added: “The younger you start in music the better.
“I think it is a great idea and a good thing to do.
“Music helps to give you confidence. It just helps you in everyday life.
“So many people relate to music. It helps build friendships too. You end up having a lot of things in common.
“It is just a great thing to be involved in.”
If the £20,000 is raised, it will help subsidise 10 classes of six musicians for a year, with lesson fees which normally cost £10 dropping to £4 per person.
Founded by John Shaw in 2006, and funded with Lottery cash, the Academy was created with the aim of making music accessible to people from all walks of life – young or old, experienced or novice.
Classes cover a range of instruments from the keyboard to the ukulele and no experience is necessary, which is good news for anyone wanting to give something new a go.
Guitarist Jack, who makes up the band alongside singer Tom Gregory, 19, Giles Hayton, 20, on keys, drummer Henry Turner, 22 and bass player Rob Kenny, 22, added his love of music came from watching British rock band The Who.
He said: “I got involved by listening to music. I’ve always had a passion for it.
“I saw The Who on television and thought ‘I want to do that’. I started a few guitar lessons and have been playing ever since.”
l To donate money to the academy go to www.blackpoolmusicacademy.com or to provide a musical instrument call (01253) 695398.