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Band seeks new home after blaze

Blazing Sounds band hut
The hut was destroyed in Thursday's blaze

A youth band in Devon is looking for a new place to rehearse after its hut was destroyed by fire.

The Blazing Sounds band hut in the grounds of Ilfracombe College was gutted in the blaze on Thursday evening and many instruments were damaged.

The fire follows the death last month of Les Perrin, who founded Ilfracombe & District Youth Band, known as Blazing Sounds, in 1979.

The band said its summer engagements would still go ahead.

'Determined to continue'

Maria Howell the band's secretary said: "The bandmaster Emma Nottage is determined that the band will continue.

"All the current band members had their instruments and uniforms at home and rehearsals will resume as soon as a new venue is found."

The Ilfracombe & District Youth Band used the hut twice a week for band rehearsals and as a storage facility for equipment such as spare instruments, sheet music and uniforms.

"If anyone has a hall or large meeting room available which they think would be suitable for band rehearsals we would love to hear from them," said Mrs Howell.

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