Once again Fairford Leys holds its annual gathering in the centre of the village, and the Aylesbury Community Band occupies the grandstand to bring a varied programme of popular pieces to this well attended event.
My daughter is a member of the band and plays saxophone, I thoroughly enjoy their music and the happy atmosphere of the day. On this day they definitely lived up to the description of a Wind Band, having to grab for their music sheets whilst continuing to play as gusts of wind carried them hither and thither. Clothes pegs of every colour and design abound in an effort to combat the wilful wind.
This is truly a family day and the rides are all popular and the staff running each work extremely diligently with the children to ensure their enjoyment and their safety as I witnessed first hand with the family-run business that handles the Helter Skelter and Carousel. It was from the top platform of the Helter Skelter that I was generously allowed to take the high-level shots of the bandstand and overall views of the crowd.
When shooting the band members on this occasion I majored on the concentration and dexterity of their playing. I also watched as the dance crew performed nearby and how they involved the children and their parents, the energy of the dance troupe certainly provided a draw for the children and audience.
The bunjee bouncing on trampolines certainly seemed to provide a spectacle for watching parents and enormous fun for the participants, and added a different background to some of my shots of the band.
For anyone in the Aylesbury area this is a day that should not be missed, just be warned if you come by car and do not find space in the car park, and you decide to park in a free area nearby, take a note of the road you are in – I failed in this regard and since the centre has roads that radiate from there, it becomes difficult to remember which direction you entered the centre and I took a considerable time relocating my car at the end!