BECKLEY Village Centre was packed to capacity for the annual Rye Lions Burns Night Concert.
Conrad Freezer, from Rye Lions, said: “The evening raised a net total of over £600 and Malcolm McDonough, President of Rye Lions, announced on the night that the Lions would increase this to £1,000 to be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support as at all previous concerts. This would be allocated towards the new Cancer Support Centre being planned for Sussex at the Royal Sussex Hospital in Brighton.
“The audience were welcomed with hot mince pies and mulled wine before enjoying a varied repertoire of music from Sussex Brass.
“ The haggis was borne into the hall by Lion Jim Radley to “Scotland the Brave”.
“Sussex Brass played a varied selection of music from musicals to classics and naturally included a Scottish medley.
“ The conductor, Steve Hollamby, amused the audience with anecdotes, jokes and facts about the music and a highlight was a version of “The Teddy Bears’ Picnic” played on the bass tuba.
“The evening was rounded off by the audience joining in “Auld Lang Syne”, followed by the Band’s signature tune, a rousing “Sussex by the Sea”, which the audience also sang along to, helped by Rye Age Concern bringing along their song sheets.
To join Rye Lions contact Terry Cobby on 01797 252382.