Downton Band is celebrating its 150th Anniversary this year and as part of the band’s celebrations, it is asking former members to come back and play in a reunion band for a special one-off concert.

Downton’s Centenary Gala Concert will be held in the village’s historic Moot Gardens on Sunday, July 9 with appearances from Downton’s beginners, training band, senior band, and the special reunion band.

Downton Band’s music director Paul Williams said: “We already have a number of former players signed up to perform in this special concert, but it would be lovely to have more to make it a huge event.

“We are delighted to say that one of the band's former conductors, Roland Wright, will be conducting the reunion band. All we need now is our former players to come back and celebrate 150 years of brass playing in the village.”

The band said it has some spare instruments for those who need to borrow one and they will be having a rehearsal on Sunday, July 2.

Former band members can register by emailing Paul here, stating which instrument(s) they played and the rough dates of when they played for the band.