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Labour MP attends free brass band concert with high praise for players

Newly-elected Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East Sureena Brackenridge has attended Sunday's 'Brass In Bloom' concert at St. Thomas' Church with Black Country Brass, conducted by Iain, offering high praise for the players.

MP Sureena Brackenridge secured victory in Wolverhampton North for Labour contributing to the party's electoral gains at the General Election, and surprised the Band by attending the concert on the eve of her first day in Parliament.

On her official Facebook page, MP Sureena wrote, "I thoroughly enjoyed yesterday’s Brass In Bloom at St Thomas' Church, Wednesfield. The incredibly talented musicians of Black Country Brass conducted by Iain Masson Music played a fantastic selection of everyone’s favourite songs.

Thank you to the Wednesfield In Bloom volunteers for providing refreshments and delicious homemade cakes.

I was only sorry that I couldn’t stay until the end, as I had to catch a train to London ready for my first day in Westminster."

A spokesperson for Black Country Brass wrote on the Facebook page, "It was an absolute pleasure playing for yourself and the community. Thank you so much for joining us". Conductor Iain said it was 'a special surprise to have her there and created an extra special sense of occasion for everyone involved'. Iain said he was particularly pleased at how strongly she cheered everyone on and that she even laughed at his bad jokes! The Band played a popular programme of disco and pop hits, along with patriotic favourites. The concert was due to take place outdoors in Wednesfield Amphitheatre but was moved to St. Thomas' Church due to adverse weather conditions.

The Band was given warm words of welcome from MP Sureena, as well as St. Thomas' Rector, Rev Kate Tingle who supported the event throughout. The Band received a standing ovation from the local people and also gave a special performance of the 'Time Warp' to mark dedicated junior drummer Dan's 14th Birthday.

Iain says, 'It's concerts like these that bring everyone together, and you can switch off from all your worries and listen to great music.'

Brass in Bloom was a free brass band concert supported by Wednesfield in Bloom, and was one of the first free concerts in the Midlands to take place during Brass Band England’s #BrassBandWeek 6th-14th July

The Band, conducted by Iain, will next perform at the popular Ironbridge Gorge Brass Band Festival at 1.45pm on Sunday 14th July 2024, performing a disco set.

Photo from Sureena Brackenridge - Wolverhampton NE Facebook page

Photo from Sureena Brackenridge - Wolverhampton NE Facebook page

Photo from Sureena Brackenridge - Wolverhampton NE Facebook page

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