Listen to this 1977 recording of Sunderland's Bede School brass band not heard for 44 years!

A 44-year-old recording of a Sunderland school brass band has been discovered.

Saturday, 30th January 2021, 7:00 am

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And for the first time since 1977, you can hear it once more.

The Bede School brass band is in full flow in this recording where songs such as I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles and By The Light of the Silvery Moon are included – complete with audience participation.

Were you there for that 1977 show and what do you remember of it? Get in touch and tell us more.

Bede School which was the scene for a brass band performance in 1977.

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The recording was shared with us by former band member Richard Geere whose mother Norah Harbord recorded it all.

Richard said: “The audience sings along at one point. There was nothing listed in the programme about a singalong, it was just one of those impromptu things. A nice moment where the community came together through music.”

The show also included The Colonel Bogey March and a rendition of If I Ruled The World which was a big favourite with the nation after it was made famous by Sir Harry Secombe.

The wonderful recording comes just three months after another Bede School audio tape was discovered by another person.

Members of the Bede School Band in 1977.

Now comes another tape but this time from 1977 and we thank Richard Geere for this wonderful reminder.

Were you in the brass band at the time? Do you have tapes from Sunderland's past you would love to share with us? Email [email protected]

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Bede School in the 1970s.

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An aerial view of Bede School.
A colour photo of Bede School.