Band Provides a Rattling Good Read
Alford Silver Band will be holding its annual book sale over the three days of the Spring Bank Holiday, Saturday 25th, Sunday 26th and Monday 27th May.
The eagerly awaited sale will be held between 9.30 am and 3.30 pm on each day in the Alford Silver Band Rehearsal Centre, located on the far side of the car park behind the Co-op foodstore in Alford, accessed from Millers Way.
“This is always a very popular event,” said band chairman Mike Green. “We amass a huge collection of books, CDs and DVDs over the year, all in good condition, and then offer these for sale at a bargain price. There are books of every genre, fact and fiction, for both adults and children.
“We always enjoy the company of those who come in to the band room to browse. There is never any pressure to buy, but most people find something they like. Many of our regular visitors go away with armfuls of books that have taken their fancy!”
And with paperback books on sale for just 50p, and hardbacks just £1, it is hardly any wonder.
The chance to win a prize on the tombola is an added attraction. And there is always a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit to refresh the weary shopper.
All monies raised by the sale go towards the band’s running costs.
“Even though none of our players are paid, it costs a lot to run the band,” explained Mike. “Instruments, uniforms and music all cost money, as does heating, lighting and maintenance for the rehearsal centre. All of our players actually pay a subscription to belong to the band.
“But in order to keep our fees for performing at engagements at the very competitive level that they are, we have to find other ways of bringing income in. The annual book sale is a key element of this.”
The band is also happy to receive donations of any books in good condition which can then be sold on.