Search

Romford marching band the Haverettes to wow at Disneyland Paris

07:00 19 November 2013

The Haverettes at an Elm Park fun day

The Haverettes at an Elm Park fun day

Archant

Female-only marching band the Haverettes will swap Havering for France next week when they perform at Disneyland Paris.

The group, who practice at Redden Court School, Cotswold Road, are set to entertain vacationing families on Friday November 29 after raising £11,000 for the trip.

They will take part in a “pre-parade” before Mickey Mouse and his friends emerge for their spectacular.

Haverettes secretary Leanne O’Connell said: “It is absolutely fantastic and the girls are so excited. They are over the moon.”

The trip was made possible through Disneyland’s performing arts scheme, which invites groups to apply for the chance to visit the theme park.

However, Leanne, who sat through a “few anxious weeks” with the girls, aged between eight and 25, did not think the Haverettes would be chosen.

“If you haven’t got the [right] amount of people they usually put you on a small stage and that is the only place they can let you perform,” she said.

“But they accepted us. We didn’t think we would get into the parade, so when we found out it was even better.”

The club, chosen after sending in an audition tape, sprung into action to raise the £9,500 they needed, organising boot sales, collecting money on the street and playing at shops.

The extra money will be poured back into the club, as it needs to find a new venue.

Leanne added: “All the hard work paid off as they reached their target and a little more, which was a fantastic achievement.

“The girls are practising every Tuesday and Thursday, learning new tunes and the Christmas songs to play in the parade.

“So the hard work is still continuing, but they are all really excited and can’t wait to get out there.”

For more information on the band, visit www.haverettes.org.uk.

0 comments

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 16:35
Daniel Radcliffe posed for this selfie with Zarra Cushing. The pair passed their tests at the same time. Picture: Zarra Cushing

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe passed his driving test in Hornchurch today.

Yesterday, 18:28
Do you recognise this man?

This man is wanted for questioning by police in connection with two robberies in Romford town centre.

Yesterday, 16:52
The family of Prince the six-month-old pup were overjoyed and confused when their family pet was returned to them shaved.

A family was both overjoyed and bewildered when their missing dog was returned to them with less fur than he had left with.

Yesterday, 16:09
Planned engineering work could affect your journey this weekend.

There is a relatively minor programme of planned closures on the Tube and Overground network this weekend - but they could still affect your journey. Read on for the lowdown.

Most read news

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

News from your area

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition

Protesters have been warned they are banned from setting up camp at the landmark.

John Cantlie features in the new IS video, in which he talks about a recent failed military attack.

From Britain First’s Facebook posts, you would assume they’d won the Rochester by-election. They didn’t, but they’re claiming it anyway.

At 100 years old, this was Ruby Holt’s first visit to the beach – and the first time she saw the ocean.