Club best in town after lick of paint

Bob Mullen (club president), Ian Leeds (club secretary), Geoff Tyrell and Andy Durrant pictured inside the newly refurbished Midland Band Club in Kettering town centre
Bob Mullen (club president), Ian Leeds (club secretary), Geoff Tyrell and Andy Durrant pictured inside the newly refurbished Midland Band Club in Kettering town centre

A new lick of paint for a social club’s concert room has made it look brand new and shown the club is on the up.

Midland Band Club in Kettering has invested £2,000 to redecorate its concert hall for the first time in 16 years.

Entertainments secretary Ian Leeds said: “It was beginning to look a bit tired.

“They stripped it down to the bare plaster, re-papered it and repainted it.

“It looks like a brand new room. I would say it’s one of the best rooms in Kettering.”

A team of four workmen transformed the room, which had been stained from years of smoke, in just four days at the start of the month.

The room now has a neutral colour with a plum base.

Mr Leeds, 54, of Burns Road, Kettering, said: “It’s an improvement for the members.

“It makes it even warmer and gives it a welcoming atmosphere.

“If you walk in a pub or club it shows whether it’s struggling to keep alive or thriving. First impressions count. We are on the up.”

The Hallwood Road club’s 6-700 members enjoy regular music nights and concerts.

On Saturday, May 21, Faryl Smith sang at a Help for Heroes benefit at there that raised £2,000 for the charity, which helps injured service personnel.

Mr Leeds said: “They thought it was marvellous.

“Quite a lot of people who came were members but other people from other clubs commented on it.”

Last Saturday Kettering DJs Marco Martinelli and Karl Boddington played Motown soul.

The redecoration is almost the last stage of a four-year programme of refurbishment. It started with new air conditioning and last year the ceiling was completely redone.

Mr Leeds, who is an electrician for Corby Council, still plans to get a new curtain for the top of the stage.

He also plans to buy a few paintings with music themes for the walls.

Mr Leeds put the club’s success down to strong committee and backing from steward Geoff Tyrell.

Member Roy Shipton, 76, of Exeter Street, said: “I find it very good. It’s very nice indeed.

“The decorating has made the room look a lot bigger.”