Teenagers come to the rescue of Preston Village Fete

A group of teenagers have come to the rescue of a popular village fete near Cirencester.

Preston Village Fete was facing an event accompanied by the sound of silence next month when the regular band turned out to be unavailable.

But four 15-year-old Deer Park students, who perform together in the band TNT, volunteered to save the day.

They will be playing their first public gig at the fete on the afternoon of Saturday, September 10.

TNT vocalist and guitar player Timothy Cowling said the band are excited to help out. 

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Timothy CowlingTimothy Cowling

“We’ve been playing together as a band for two or three years, including acting as the high school band Johnny Casino and the Gamblers in the recent school production of Grease, but this is our first event outside school in front of the general public.

“A lot of our music is pretty high energy, from the 50s and 60s along with some newer toe-tapping rock and pop, so we hope everyone will have a lot of fun and enjoy it.”

Timothy also plays the piano and drums and is taking lessons on the church organ at the Parish Church of St John Baptist in Cirencester. 

He will be joined by Nigel Boateng on keyboard, Josh Haigh on drums and Torby Ellen on bass guitar.

Scilla Chester-Master, who opens her garden at Church Farm every year for Preston Village Fete, said: “We are delighted that the boys can perform at the event. 

“They have really saved the day and we are very pleased to give them the opportunity of a wider audience. 

“It is something fresh for us and we think it will be a great addition to the traditional village fete.”

In previous years, Cirencester Salvation Army Band have played at Preston fete, but this year were already booked for another event.

The fete, which starts at 2pm is raising funds for All Saints Church, Preston, and the village hall.

Entry is £2 for adults and free for children. There will be a range of stalls and games and refreshments will be available.

For more information go to prestonpc.org.uk

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