As you will know I have been a member of Pemberton Old Wigan Band for many years. After a successful performance at this years northwest area contest the band was fortunate to be awarded third place and in doing so gained an invitation to represent the northwest at this years National Brass Band Championship, to be held at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday 15th October 2011. Unfortunately with the current economic climate and the cost of coach travel increasing substantially we are having some difficulty in funding the coach trip there and back as the cost of the coach is likely to be around the £2000 mark. This is were the band are after help from our families, friends and followers by inviting you to be part of our "Buy a Mile" fundraising effort. As a mile is bought your name will appear on the "Buy a Mile" page on our website and the bus on our chart in the bandroom will move another inch closer to London. You can either pop into the bandroom to "Buy a Mile" or visit the bands website at www.pembertonoldwiganband.co.uk to make a donation. May I, on behalf of the band take this opportunity to thank you for your generosity and your continued support for the Pemberton Bands. Regards Carina Halliwell.