A GRANDMOTHER of six is doing a sponsored parachute jump this weekend in aid of Kirkbymoorside Town Brass Band.

Judy Turnbull, who lives in Kirkbymoorside, is jumping in memory of her parents Harold and Nora Dobson, who were great supporters of the band.

She said: “Harold and Nora were from Farndale as was Les Maw, who was the Kirkbymoorside Town Brass Band conductor for over 30 years.

“Harold was a member of the renowned Farndale Singers and composed the hymn tune Farndale, which the band play at concerts to this day.”

Kirkbymoorside Town Brass Band is currently fundraising for a joint Scout and Band Hall to be built in Manor Vale.

The hall will enable the band to continue its world leading teaching to more than 120 adults and children from Kirkbymoorside and the surrounding villages, as well as providing a safe environment for scouting to thrive in the town.

Two of Judy’s grandchildren play in both the beginner and learner bands, Ed playing E Flat Bass and Dan playing Tenor Horn.

Judy said: “I just wanted to do my bit for the band, my mum and dad were always lovers of the band, and I wanted to give my bit back.”

She will be joined by her daughter Anna and John Wright, the band chairman, both of whom will also be jumping on Saturday.

Emma Smailes, Kirkbymoorside Band secretary, said: “We are so blown away that Judy has arranged to do this parachute jump.

“We all remember her mum and dad as a keen supporters of the band and her dad especially singing beautifully at our concerts.

Emma added: “Dan and Ed are

key players in the training sections, it is such an amazing thing to be doing.”

Anyone wishing to sponsor Judy can find a sponsor form at the band room in Manor Vale or at justgiving.com/crowdfunding/kirkby-band-hall