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Silver band gets modern makeover

Old band room
The new building will replace the old wooden structure

A well-known landmark in a Gwynedd village is being knocked down to make way for a new home to be built for a silver band formed in 1830.

The wooden hut has been home to the Llanrug Silver Band since 1957.

Insulation in the old building was provided by cardboard egg trays, and band members said they were looking forward to a few modern conveniences.

The present building was moved two miles (3 km) to Llanrug from Bethel on the back of a truck.

Since then it has been home to the popular band which has a senior, youth and beginners section.

Band secretary Mike Thomas said a new home was essential.

"Recently the roof has been leaking and the walls were rotting, it was quite dangerous really cold and damp," he said.

"We genuinely needed a better building and the new structure will be built of bricks with a slate roof."

The new building will also have an inside toilet and be properly insulated.

"We had used cardboard egg boxes to line the ceiling to stop the noise bouncing around," Mr Thomas added.

The silver band at Llanrug was originally formed in 1830 and currently has around 25 members in the senior band.

Despite a grant from the assembly government to build the new band room, the committee have to raise an extra 30,000 for finishing off work, including a car park.

Band member Dyfrig Owen said he was sad the old place was being pulled down.

"It is a shame to see it come down as I've been coming here for many years," he said.

Work on the new band room is expected to take four to five months.

In the meantime rehearsals will be held in the village primary school.



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