It appears that to many on the forum, drinking brings as much (if not more) pleasure as playing does. Are there any genuine temperance bands left? You see the word attached to some band names, but I wonder if it's just an anachronism.
From what I have learnt during my time in Raunds Temperance Band the 'Temperance' part has been modified from the old, very strict set of rules to those slightly more in keeping with the modern style of life/banding. Raunds Temperance is not about being a total abstainer but now works on the basis 'everything in moderation'. Drinking before/during performance is still out, smoking/excessive swearing in the rehearsal room is still frowned upon as is poor attendance and a lack of pride when on display to the public. Although not in the mould of the original temperance band, Raunds are very proud to be one of the few remaining and do stick to the adapted rules as much as is possible.lynchie said:I believe Raunds are a Temperance band, and if any of them DON'T drink I'd be amazed...
Indeed they did, for many years until the late 1970's, when they became the plain Wingates Band. Then, from one extreme to the other, they got a sponsorship deal from Bass Breweries to become the Bass Wingates Band (I think it was in the early 1980's). As a result of this sponsorship, the Victoria Hall, the large Methodist Mission in Bolton town centre which had hosted many Wingates concerts down the years, would not allow Wingates to play there any more. It caused quite a commotion in the Bolton Evening News as I recall.WorldofBrass.com said:Didn't Wingates used to be known as Wingates Temperance?
Thanks, did we meet? I can honestly say that i have no recollection of most of the day, everything in moderation and all :roll:tewkeshorn said:Congrats Steve on a well-deserved 2nd place on Saturday, nearly ended up in the Greyhound afterwards but decided to head back home to the local instead.
I can certainly vouch that Raunds were drinking afterwards! Loads of nice local ales in the Cottage Inn