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Become a B&D Teetotaller!

By Sue Speakman, Feb 18 2015 09:53AM

Blackburn and Darwen Band are celebrating an incredible 175 years of music making this year. The

Band was created by people from the town of Darwen who had turned their back on the evils of drink and were looking to find an alterative pastime. The Temperance movement was gaining in strength at the time and because these like-minded gentlemen had decided to abstain from any form of alcohol it seemed a natural step to call the band Darwen Temperance Band. The band came from all walks of life within the borough from the Mayor to workers in the mills producing wallpaper amongst other things.


Despite money being tight the players had to give up a percentage of their well earned wage to purchase their own instruments. These days it is difficult to imagine a sacrifice each player had to make but in 2015 we need to show the same dedication and committment of our musical forefathers.

It only costs £10 to become a teetotaller and abstinence is not essential! Visit our 175 page for more info.

3 comments
Feb 18 2015 07:06PM by Steve Lyons

Great idea Sue ,i had the best upbringing in the world spent around the band and its players.So i would love to be a Teetotaller and if they were still alive so would Joe Lyons , Bill Wardley,John Halstead and John Cavanagh.So on their behalf i pledge for them.£50 in total.

Feb 19 2015 12:27PM by Sue Speakman

Great memories from these past members, although I'm not sure Bill would have become teetotal! Thank you so much for your support, much appreciated. :-)

Feb 19 2015 11:30PM by Alan Thomas

Thanks Steve, that really is a lovely gesture. Those you mentioned played such a crucial role getting through some tricky times. If you could put the money straight into our account (Sort Code: 30-90-87 A/c No: 00652287) we won't have to pay paypal their commission! Otherwise click the £50 Bass on the Support the Band page.

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