Lighthouse Theatre Concert 2014

The Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering, Saturday 8 November; it is 9.30pm & the curtain has just come down on a memorable concert by Boobs & Brass.  To say I was emotional is an understatement; for me this was the end of a 3 ½  year journey in the fight against Breast Cancer.

March 2011 I received the news every woman dreads – I had Breast Cancer.  In the 3 years since I have had 6 lots of surgery, but other than a few weeks after each one while recovering I have managed to keep up with my Brass playing. 

I knew about the original band of pink ladies from Northamptonshire & was very impressed with their achievements raising money for Breast Cancer Campaign, so when the Yorkshire Boobs & Brass was formed I knew I wanted to be a member of this wonderful organisation & give something back on a personal level.

So last Saturday I found myself on a coach travelling to Kettering with the Yorkshire contingent for my very first Boobs & Brass concert; I was unnecessarily nervous, as when we arrived for the rehearsal everyone was so friendly & I soon felt part of the team!

The concert was so enjoyable, great music, wonderful guest performers, & some great humour thrown in as well.  And what a finale – “In Flanders Field”, in words & music, cleverly arranged by Gavin Somerset (whose mum Rosey is also a pink lady) with emotive photos projected onto the rear of the stage, followed by poppy petals falling.

This had to be one of my most enjoyable experiences in all my years of playing in a brass band, and I am looking forward to my next performance with Boobs & Brass.

I am proud to be a Pink Lady, and I am so pleased that I can support Breast Cancer Campaign in such a practical way; without their work & research I may not be here playing my trombone!

Alison Loukes



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