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Merry Christ-brass from Lydbrook Band as it Stars in National TV Advert

13th December 2013

Gloucestershire-based Lydbrook Band will announce the festive season with a clash of cymbals, in the new National Lottery Christmas advert for its Lotto game.

National Lottery funded Lydbrook Band, which celebrated its 90th anniversary this year, is a championship brass band based in the Forest of Dean.

In the National Lottery’s Christmas advert, it will perform a seasonal rendition of Gilbert O’Sullivan’s ‘Ooh-Wakka-Do-Wakka-Day’. The first airing of the band’s performance in the TV advert will be on 14 December.

Robert Morgan, from Lydbrook Band, explained: “The band was totally involved with the Lotto advert. Our first experience was the sound recordings in the Lydbrook band room when we performed the special Christmas song arrangement, which was followed by an exciting visit to St Albans for the filming.

“The band thoroughly enjoyed the filming. It was great to become film stars for the day and to experience the Christmas atmosphere being created – thanks to The National Lottery. It was a great experience to take part in such a major event.”

Lydbrook Band, which has received over £9,900 of lottery funding, will highlight how The National Lottery not only benefits winners, but also the 420,000-plus projects across the UK that have been supported by National Lottery players.

Robert said: “National Lottery funding allowed Lydbrook Band to take part in an all-day event with other artists, including choirs, jazz groups and dance groups, which culminated in a magnificent firework display and watching vintage aircrafts fly past.”

Jackie O’Sullivan, spokesperson from The National Lottery, said: “Every time you buy a National Lottery ticket, you are helping brilliant projects like Lydbrook Band. Thanks to National Lottery players, an astounding £30 billion has been raised for a huge range of projects nationwide since The National Lottery launched in 1994. No matter what your interests, The National Lottery funds something for everyone.”

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