During the festive season, members of Wellington Memorial Silver Band, took the opportunity to complete some fund-raising for a charity close to their hearts.
Philomena Stevenson recently lost her brave fight to Cancer and the band have dedicated the donation to Action Cancer in her memory.
Members of the band generously gave their time during one of the busiest periods of the year to provide musical accompaniment to those completing last minute shopping.
Their rendition of carols and other festive pieces raised the fantastic total of £6,202.79.
The band members will also be celebrating their 120th anniversary in 2023, another milestone achievement.
Based in Barnamaghery in Co Down, the band was first formed in September 1903 under the control of Barnamaghery LOL 11 and was named Wellington Defenders Flute Band.
It was named after Arthur Wellesley (1769-1852), 1st Duke of Wellington, who was the Prime Minister and Commander-in-Chief of the British Army.
However the band changed to a silver band in 1945 and since then has seen many musical success with victories at the various competitions held.
As well as competitive events they also take part in various Loyal Order parades and concerts throughout the year as well as the annual Remembrance events in Killyleagh.
The band continue to rehearse in Barnamaghery Orange Hall near Crossgar every Monday 8pm-10pm.
The band is always keen to hear from prospective new members. If you are interested in learning an instrument you can come along on Mondays at 7pm till 8pm.
The band provides instruments and tuition. Membership for working adults is £15 and free for under 18s.
For more info contact the band through their facebook page Wellington Memorial Silver Band