Puffing and blowing on Windermere!

A practice session for Elland Silver Band members Tracey and David Armitage, Richard Knight and Sarah Brown.
A practice session for Elland Silver Band members Tracey and David Armitage, Richard Knight and Sarah Brown.

Musicians will be puffing and blowing at Lake Windermere on and off the water during a fundraising effort later this month.

Crews of rowers from Elland Silver Band and Elland Silver Youth Band have set themselves a tough challenge and will be supported by members playing live music throughout the day at Bowness.

Five or six crews in teams of four will row across Lake Windermere on Sunday, June 24, in conventional wooden rowing boats.

The challenge from Ambleside (Water Head) to Lakeside and back covers a distance of 21 miles and is the equivalent of rowing the English Channel.

Most of the rowers will cover the full distance but an all-female crew will row from Ambleside to Bowness return.

The crews set off at 9 am and it is expected those doing the full distance will be out on the water for about six hours.

Youth band conductor Samantha Harrison said it was a huge physical challenge.

“We are extremely grateful to the volunteers from the band who are taking part in the row,” she said.

“We are all supporting them by trying to raise as much as possible in sponsorship.

“All of the money raised will go towards our new building fund.”

A similar event several years ago raised £2,000 and organisers hope the latest effort will raise £3,000.

The money raised will be put towards a new music and arts community centre at Dewsbury Road, Elland.

The band hopes the community will rally round and support the rowers online at https://mydonate.bt.com/events/sponsoredrowacrosslakewindermere/87210