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“Last Night of the Proms” at the Royal Hall - 17th October

“Last Night of the Proms” at the Royal Hall - 17th October

By Peter Kitching
5 October
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In aid of the Harrogate Marie Curie Fund Raising Group to support terminally ill patients, and their families, in their own homes.

Widely regarded by many as the best brass band in the world, Grimethorpe Colliery Band, supported by Soprano Grace Note and Bass Baritone Phil Wilcox, promise you 'night to remember' at Harrogate's very own 'Last Night of the Proms'.

Almost £20,000 has been raised in just over 17 months by Harrogate Rugby Club in aid of this charity.

The Harrogate Marie Curie Fundraising Group cannot thank Harrogate Rugby Club enough for the amazing support they have given over the last 17 months. The first event they helped to organise and participate in was a Memorial match against local rivals Otley, combined with a fun day for all the family, in memory and tribute to John Finnegan a long-time stalwart who was a former player, coach, committee man and for 5 years as President of the club. This year’s event was also in honour of Graham Siswick, another stalwart who was cared for by Marie Curie in his final days.
John was married to our Treasurer Jo, so there was a strong connection and the idea for a tribute match was hatched between the committee, Jo and the support groups. Come the day, the weather was kind, the crowd was good and they were also very generous. So much so, that the day raised almost £6000. It was amazing. This year’s event was not so lucky with the weather so the crowd was down but we still raised £2700.

Sandwiched in between, the club was kind enough to allow us to use the club house facilities and grounds, on a cold and windy February night, to hold a sponsored Fire-walk. Yes, a fire-walk over hot coals - at temperatures of around 600 degrees. Members of the club, our committee and friends and relations all took part and raised over £11,000 for Marie Curie.

We really do thank them for their support, with a special mention for Secretary, Bill Barrack; Commercial Manager, Mike Cowling and Director of Rugby, David ‘Doc’ Docherty.

The events have benefited the Club as well as this wonderful Charity.

There are still a few tickets left for this fabulous concert featuring the Grimethorpe Colliery Brass Band.

It deserves our support so, if you haven't already booked tickets, please do so as soon as you can and spread the word.


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