The Black Dyke Heritage Appeal launched in July has just received a major boost with many celebrities all pledging support.
The actor and comedian Russ Abbot gave his support and commented that he had always been a huge fan and that the band was very close to his heart.
Ed Balls, the former politician and “Strictly” star also backed the appeal and writing in The Guardian newspaper called the band’s performance on the Pyramid at Glastonbury ‘set of the festival!’
Michael Eavis also backed the appeal and added that the band’s performance at Glastonbury Abbey in August ‘was indescribably brilliant and a joy for the thousands that were there.’
Opera star Lesley Garrett herself from Yorkshire also has backed the appeal as has Richard Morrison, chief music critic of The Times, who commented that the band’s jaw dropping achievements and 160 years of ferociously dedicated music making deserved support.
Commenting, Professor Nicholas Childs said that the project had already benefitted from the band’s successful Heritage Lottery Fund award but that a vast amount of work to record, restore and renovate the collection of memorabilia and digitise the collection of original compositions was still to be done. He went on ”Many will have seen the new Heritage Centre featured on ITV and BBC 2 in the programmes surrounding our appearance at the Glastonbury Festival. We’re delighted that along with our loyal worldwide supporters these celebrities are also backing us”.
To help with the band’s heritage work go to our Appeals Page