Flixton Band has a spring in its step - find out why

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FLIXTON Band faced the real prospect of being forced to leave the area that has been its home for more than 130 years.

The group lost its home when Trafford Council sold the building that has been its base of more than 10 years - Bowfell House.

Now the group has three new locations to rehearse in, Flixton Junior School, Flixton Cricket and Sports Club and the John Alker Ex-Servicemen’s Club.

Band manager Paul Thomason said the story in Messenger highlighting the band’s plight helped it to stay in Trafford.

He said: “We are very grateful to Messenger for carrying this story and enabling us to secure these homes in order for the band to progress and maintain its links with the community.”

Flixton Band struck up for the first time in 1877 - when Queen Vicctoria was still on the throne. Paul said the group has enjoyed numerous high points in its long history.

He said: “This year we got promotion to the first section. It’s like football leagues - we are in the first section. You get bands like the Black Dyke Band and the Brighouse and Rastrick and Flixton is in the next league, the first section. We were promoted from the second to the first section in January this year.”

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