The Lympstone Band Pedal for £pounds The Lympstone South West Telecoms Band were delighted to qualify for the National Finals at Harrogate and will very proudly be representing the West of England in the Second Section on the 23rd September, 2006. The band's conductor, Charlie Fleming, stated that "....the work the band put in during the build up to the West of England Regional was superb. To have qualified for the National Finals and receive promotion to the First Section was a fabulous achievement for the band. I am so pleased that the band as a whole are making such dramatic efforts both in and out of the bandroom to make our appearance at the National Finals a success." It will, however, cost the band in the region of £8000 to be able to compete at the National Finals. In a bid to raise money for the forthcoming event, Alli Northcott, the band's soprano cornet player will be cycling non-stop from the Harrogate International Centre (home of the National Finals) to Lympstone Band Room. This continous bike ride, which will take place over July 22nd/23rd, is well over 300 miles and Alli will be cycling all day and night, battling tired legs and the worst British summer weather can throw at her. After leaving Harrogate International Centre, Alli will be crossing over to Blackburn and passing through Warrington, Telford, Kidderminster, Gloucester, Bristol and Exeter before her triumphant return to Lympstone. This is what Alli had to say about her mammoth journey ".....cycling is something I can do! I was gently persuaded by my fellow bandsmen and women to undertake something of 'challenge' in order to raise funds for our appearance at the National Finals. So does the thought of 30 plus hours of cycling. covering half the length of the country daunt me? Of course it does, I've never spent that much time on a bike before It's going to be tough, really tough, but then again, so is qualifying and playing at the National Finals! I know that at the end of it, my team mates will be there on Sunday, playing me in with a nice Devon cream tea waiting for me! Oh, and if you see me over the weekend, give us a shout, or even better...some chocolate!" Commenting on Alli's venture Charlie Fleming said " I am confident that Alli will succeed no matter what she comes up against and her attitude is reflected throughout the whole band. That's why I am looking forward to conducting the Lympstone South West Telecoms Band at the National Finals in Harrogate so much." Alli's return to Lympstone will coincide with a Fun Day organised by the band to be held at Candy's Field , Lympstone commencing at 12 noon on Sunday 23rd July. Events during the day will include:- Variety of stalls BBQ Live music Refreshments/Cream teas Fancy dress 5-a-side football Penalty shoot out Raffle Games Maybe a fire engine......and lots more besides....... The highlight of the Fun Day will be Alli's triumphant return to Lympstone but the big question is what time will it happen and how long will it take her to complete the distance? Any guesses? If you would like to sponsor Alli on her long journey please visit www.lympstoneband.co.uk/Sponsor.html If you would like more information on the event please e-mail email@example.com I'm sure you would all want to join me and wish Lympstone South West Telecoms Band and especially Alli all the best with this ambitious venture. The Lympstone Band would also like to thank their sponsor, South West Telecoms and Tony Rowe for the use of a van during the event and printing undertaken to support the band in their quest. The band would also like to thank the Parish Council for allowing them to use the field for their Fun Day.