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A YOUTH marching band is hitting the right note again after its plea for cash was answered.

Members of Great Barr's Beeches Cadet Marching Band have been taking part in competitions, parades and fetes in Britain and abroad for more than three decades.

But the band's future was thrown into doubt when it needed to find financial support to help meet its pounds 15,000-a-year running costs.

But now the West Bromwich Building Society has stepped in to help by providing a cheque for pounds 810 to meet the cost of hiring a hall for rehearsals.

The band was founded during the 1970s by Roy Bates when the 68th Birmingham Boys Brigade band merged with the girls brigade, becoming the Beeches Ambassadors Marching Band.

The band is for children aged eight to 15.

Senior branch manager Tina Browett said: "It was a real pleasure to support the band in continuing their activities."

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IN TUNE... Tina Browett, senior branch manager at the West Bromwich Building Society, handing over the cheque to members of the Beeches Marching Band from Great Barr, from left, Renae Smith, Laureen Freeth and Molly Batters.
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