Recent News October: A great night at Burley Social Club, with more to come! The first rock concert put on by the Burley Bridge Association proved a great success, generating an impressive £850 towards bridge construction costs on the night. Phil and Mike (instead of Me and Dan!) warmed up the growing crowd with a variety of acoustic numbers, some familiar and some original, while Titan Soul electrified the evening with their high energy music and superb guitar riffs. The night concluded with Sure Fire Affair performing an original set with superb musicianship and great lyrics which got a number of people up and dancing. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the evening, especially Mike Richmond from Sure Fire Affair who organised the music side of things, and all three bands who played the gig for free in order to support the bridge project. Thanks guys!
Our next event will be a folk concert at the Queens Hall on Saturday 17 November at 7.30. A bar will be provided, and it should be another night of superb entertainment from three top quality local folk groups: Yan Tan Tether, Rum Doodle, and Duncan McFarlane and Anne Brivonesse. Tickets cost £10 - check out our Events page for more information. September: Rock for the bridge The first of a series of fundraising events happens on Saturday 29 September at Burley Social Club. Three bands normally seen on the Leeds club circuit are generously providing an evening of rock music to help kickstart the push for funds towards construction and maintenance costs. Sure Fire Affair, a commercial indie / progressive band will be performing self-penned numbers including from their planned EP. Titan Soul will be generating lots of energy through their 70s inspired riffs and astute and incisive song writing. Me and Dan are an acoustic duo formed from Leeds' finest covers band, Strangers in Trainers, who will perform some well known and loved numbers. All in all, it should be an evening of superb music. Find out more, include booking tickets, on our Events page.
August: Burley Festival generates lots of support The two BBA contributions to the Burley Summer Festival event proved very popular this year. A stall in Grange Park on the very busy first Sunday of the Festival had a continuous stream of people visiting it to look at the model of the bridge and find out about progress. The new leaflet we will be using for fundraising had its first public appearance, and received universal praise. Well done Justin at Smallprint Menston, who did all the art work and also designed our new logo! We have subsequently received a number of new member applications and donations. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to wish us well now that we have started fundraising towards construction and maintenance costs.
Our second Festival event, the Coffee Morning at St Mary's Parish Centre was also very successful, with £151 being raised in the course of the very busy morning. Thanks to everyone who contributed raffle prizes and baking. Unusually, perhaps because of the high turn out for the event, there were no cakes left over at the end of the morning to sell off!
July: Planning applications approved The planning application for the Bridge has now been approved by both Bradford Council in July and Harrogate Borough Council in May. The BBA was praised by a member of the Bradford Committee for the stamina shown over the years, which was acknowledged to have finally paid off enabling fundraising for construction and maintenance to finally start.