Norwegian treat with bands’ arrival

Norwegian Bands congregate in Peasholm Park.Front Centre Conductor Geir Ostby with the group. picture Richard Ponter   112489a 19/06/11

Norwegian Bands congregate in Peasholm Park.Front Centre Conductor Geir Ostby with the group. picture Richard Ponter 112489a 19/06/11

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SCARBOROUGH was given a taste of Scandinavia yesterday as a number of young Norwegian brass bands shone in Peasholm Park.

The event, which was attended by borough mayor John Blackburn, saw half-a-dozen ensembles perform.

There was also a raffle and face-painting organised by members of the Friends of Peasholm Park.

Christine Mark, chairman of the Peasholm Park Friends’ group, said: “They came, they played, they were fabulous!”

She added: “Club England, which organised the trip, contacted the Peasholm Park Friends to ask us to arrange a day when the bands, who are over for about 10 days, could play in the park.

“There were six bands playing, all from Norway, and the youngest member was five years old. They all played superbly and performed a huge variety of music, from pleasant modern chart, to traditional Norwegian folk music, to stuff you would expect from a silver band rather than a brass band.

“It was wonderful. I hope they enjoyed Scarborough and Peasholm Park because we certainly enjoyed hosting them.”

The Byas School Orchestra from Trondheim in Norway will be playing a special concert at Scarborough College for staff and pupils at a morning assembly on Tuesday June 28.