A town mayor has secured a royal appointment for his main fundraiser of the year.
Rushden mayor David Jenney will be welcoming The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Collingwood to Rushden Town Bowling Club at 7.30pm on February 7.
Cllr Jenney, whose father was in the navy, said: “They haven’t played in Northamptonshire for 20 years. I’m hoping for a sell-out.”
The band is one of five bands which provide musical support to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines.
It formed in 2009 after the closure of the band based at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth and has performed at many high profile events, including the Royal Wedding and The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee events.
Cllr Jenney said: “I was brought up to understand that royal marine bands were the best musicians in the world.
“There’s never a moment in my car when it’s not close to a royal marine CD.
“The programme is wide ranging, there will be something for everyone.
“This is my main charity event of the year, I started publicising it the day I took over as mayor and we had a waiting list for tickets before Christmas.”
The programme includes music by Shostakovich, Big Band numbers, traditional nautical music and some twists as the band’s director of music, Pete Curtis, has put his own stamp on proceedings with some of his own arrangements of well-known tunes.
Tickets for the concert are £15 and available from Rushden Town Council, Rushden Library, P W House (jewellers) and Rushden Bowling Club.
Parking at the Northampton Road club is limited so people can use an overflow car park in Brindley Close, where shuttle buses will be running to the club from 6.45pm.
Cllr Jenney said: “We can’t get all the cars in the car park so we have organised some overflow parking off Northampton Road in Brindley Close and we are going to try and run some shuttle buses to and from the club.
“Anyone coming by car needs to get there before 7.30pm.
“The shuttle buses will be running from 6.45pm.
“We want to discourage people from parking on Northampton Road.”
More than half of the 600 tickets available have already been sold.
Proceeds from the event will be split between the mayor’s charities of the Royal British Legion Rushden branch, Rushden Sea Cadets and the Royal Navy and Royal Marines charity.