Friday, July 07, 2006

Banding together

Bandstand veterans send yobs packing
(Filed: 07/07/2006)

A gang of youths who tried to ruin a pensioners' open-air concert were beaten back and fled when faced by a "Dad's Army" armed with walking sticks.
More than 30 youngsters, aged between 18 and 25, yelled obscenities at the brass band and kicked footballs at the conductor while terrorising the 300-strong elderly audience, which included Second World War veterans.
But a battalion of 20 pensioners, moved by a rendition of the theme from The Great Escape, rose from their deck chairs and formed a front line of attack. Wielding walking sticks, they advanced towards the enemy.
The youths lost ground and eventually turned on their heels and fled.
Steve Rice, the chairman and tuba player with Bristol's Redland Wind Band, said: "We simply wanted to make people happy with some nice music, but these hooligans weren't interested in that. They wanted to cause trouble and were very drunk and aggressive."
Daily Telegraph


Blogger Bob said...

my kind of guys. It is typical of bullys to pick on those they perceive as weak. Then they turn tail and run like the cowards they are. Love it. Wish I had a video.

8:16 PM  
Blogger ByronB said...

Yeah, it must have been enjoyable to watch!
I was pleasantly surprised yesterday - the young boy next door was picking out a MELODY on a Spanish guitar in his back garden - a welcome change from all the electric ear bashing stuff that the students listen to continually at the college where I work!

9:37 AM  
Blogger gazza27 said...

It just goes to show that a crack around the head is still as good as a detterant as it was years ago?

1:26 AM  
Blogger ByronB said...

Sometimes it's the only answer!

4:06 AM  

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