Band strikes up for charity album

BAND members from Northumberland will be a hit across the globe after striking up for a charity album.

Northumbrian Water’s Ellington Colliery Band has recorded a CD in honour of the 30th anniversary of WaterAid.

The charity provides safe water, sanitation and hygiene education to some of the world’s poorest people in 26 countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific region.

Band Manger and principal cornet John Colvine said: “When we were asked to record the CD we jumped at the chance to help support this fantastic charity, which does such important work.

“I hope the CD sells well and raises as much money as possible to help save and change people’s lives.”

The band showed off the music as it welcomed 400 guests to a glittering WaterAid fundraising ball, organised by Northumbrian Water.

The event, at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead, included a raffle, tombola and balloon sale, as well as silent and live auctions which featured donations from celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Pele.

Including ticket sales, the ball raised £27,400 for WaterAid, while a further £3,000 was collected by actor Peter McGovern at two performances of the Madness of George III at Newcastle’s Theatre Royal in an appeal for sponsorship for his Great North Run for the charity.

The band’s CD costs £10 and is available by emailing