Romford Drum and Trumpet Corps ‘gutted’ after losing money on cancelled flights as Monarch Airlines goes into administration
PUBLISHED: 07:00 10 October 2017 | UPDATED: 13:33 10 October 2017
A charity celebrating its 60th anniversary tomorrow, is “absolutely gutted” after losing thousands of pounds in plane tickets, following the liquidation of Monarch Airlines.
Members of the Romford Drum and Trumpet Corps, with some as young as eight years old, were left disappointed after finding out they were no longer able to travel to Gibraltar for a special concert, raising money for veterans charity Help for Heroes.
The youth marching band, based in Taunton Road, Harold Hill, had spent the past 12 months raising around £8,000 to fly all of the 52 band members with Monarch Airlines but lost all of the money due to flights being cancelled.
The concert was part of the band’s year-long celebration for its 60th anniversary.
Band director Paul Binder said: “We are absolutely gutted.
“We were recording for our CD when I got a message from our treasurer telling me to look at the news and saw about what had been happening with Monarch.
“I didn’t tell the band then, I just kept my eye on the news for the rest of that day until it was said Monarch was going into administration.
“Everyone was really looking forward to the trip and it’s been very upsetting.
“We wanted to end our 60th anniversary year on a high rather than a let down.”
The Romford Drum and Trumpet Corps has been marking the occasion of performing for six decades with concerts held throughout the year.
Flying over to Gibraltar for the charity concert as well as fun activities including a dolphin safari and cable cart rides, was all part of the celebrations for one of the oldest independent youth marching bands in the country.
Monarch Airlines went into administration leaving 110,000 customers overseas and around 300,000 future bookings cancelled.
It is the biggest UK airline ever to cease trading.
The charity is unable to receive a refund for the £8,000 spent on tickets, due to not paying with a credit card and not having a package deal with a holiday company.
If anyone would like to make any donations, the money will be split between the marching band and Help for Heroes.
Paul said: “We can’t believe it’s happened but we want to try and organise another trip by the end of year and would like to give something to Help for Heroes since the concert was for that charity.”
To find out more visit rdtc.org