Next weekend (15th & 16th July) will see the launch of the inaugural Ironbridge Gorge Brass Band Festival which will be held at The Maws Craft Centre, Jackfield, near the world famous Ironbride in Telford. The idea of bringing Shropshires finest bands to one festival was the brainchild of Bob Scott, and after many months of preparation must be absolutely thrilled that the bands are giving their time, free of charge, to raise money for The Severn Hospice Telford Appeal. The event will feature 11 bands over the weekend with a 'Last Night of the Proms' Concert on the Saturday evening hosted by the massed bands of Jackfield (Elcock Reisen) and Porthywaen Silver. . . . The Worlds first Iron Bridge and the Maws Craft Centre Bands taking part: Saturday 15th July Abraham Darby Band The Bell Inn Brass Band West Mercia Police Band Porthywaen Youth Band Porthywaen Silver Band Sunday 16th July Jackfield Band Wolverhampton Brass Band Newport Town Band The Salvation Army Band (Oakengates) Wem Jubilee Band Wellington Band This is a great opportunity for anyone living or visiting Ironbridge next weekend to spend two days in the company of some of Shropshires finest bands, and with the exception of the Saturday evening concert all day time events are free. All the bands taking part will give a hours concert and with the inclusion of a giant all day BBQ, Beer Tent and the Maws Craft Workshops (plus a bit of sunshine) the whole weekend should prove to be a huge success. If you are in the vicinity and would like a 'blow' I'm sure you would be accommodated. For further information regarding the Festival please call Bob Scott (Festival Organiser) on 07952 926550.