September 20 2014 Latest news:
Beth Wyatt, Reporter
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
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.