The East Yorkshire Motor Services Band released the following information today. The Band was informed yesterday that we are to temporarily lose access to the Bandroom. St John Ambulance - who provide our Band with a home - have reluctantly decided to close up their headquarters building in Popple Street. This is due entirely to problems caused by gypsies camped in the old entrance to Victoria Dock, at the closed off end of Popple Street. For some time now St John Ambulance has had problems with broken windows, damaged signs, eggs thrown, and staff being verbally abused. Until Kingston Upon Hull City Council take out an eviction order to move the gypsies on, the Chief Executive of St John Ambulance in Hull, has taken the decision to close the building and have it boarded up, to avoid any possible backlash. Whilst faced with the problem of finding a temporary home to rehearse in, and also somewhere to store the percussion equipment, the Band do understand the problems that are being caused, and fully support the action that St John Ambulance have taken. The Band has now been fortunate to gain a temporary home for rehearsals. Many thanks go to the Zion Methodist Church, Cottingham, and Maybury Primary School in Hull, who are providing the facilities, which will enable the Band to rehearse in the near future. Whilst this causes obvious disruption to the Band, it is business as usual as we prepare for both engagements, and the recording of a new CD.