D as in Desford Day that is - back in the summer, my wife, children and brother clubbed together for a joint birthday present for me. This was to win a charity online auction, the "prize" being the opportunity to play one piece with the mighty Desford Colliery Band at their Christmas Concert, which takes place next Sunday. They knew, of course, that I have long been a fan of Desford, and was in the RAH for each of their Nationals wins in the late eighties. :clap: The thought of playing with the band is somewhat daunting, but I am assured by the lady who has organised the whole thing that all will be well! The charity in question is the restoration and repair of the church in Osgathorpe, near Leicester, and therefore a local one for the band. It is a tribute to them that they will help out local organisations in this way, I just hope that I can do them, and myself justice. Watch this space for news of my experience!!