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MEMBERS of a Nuneaton marching band have been given a boost towards the cost of indoor rehearsal facilities.

The Phantom Knights have received pounds 500 from the Heart of England Cooperative Society and band director Carl Harris said: "This will be a big help.

"From about the middle of October through to Easter we have to rehearse indoors but a basic venue costs pounds 1,500. Normally we would put everyone's subs towards this but at the moment, due to the economic downturn, we do have some members who are struggling to pay the pounds 10 per month fee which goes towards the running costs of the band.

"Therefore this donation from the Co-op's Helping Hearts scheme is most welcome. This has enabled us to secure the hire of a rehearsal room throughout the winter."

With almost 50 members aged from eight to 25, the band competes in the top division of the British Youth Band Association. Within the Knights is a marching brass line, marching percussion, static percussion and the Colour Guard.

Members raise money through subscriptions, performances and fundraising events.

Further information is available on www.phantom-knights.org.uk or by phone on 01827 713919 or 07970 886828.

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SOUNDS GREAT ... Members of the Phantom Knights with Jo Dyke (front, right), the community and membership adviser with the Heart of England Co-operative Society.
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