Members of the Nelson Brass Band travelled through the streets of Stoke and Richmond last week, playing Christmas Carols. Photo: Monique Bergman.

Carol singers bring cheer to streets


The sound of trumpets and horns heralded the festive season when the Nelson City Brass Band spread their annual Christmas cheer around the streets of Nelson last week.

Former president of the band, Pat Heaphy, emptied the shingle from his farm truck and drove around the streets, while 13 members of the band sat in the back and played Christmas carols.

The neighbourhood opened their doors and wandered out onto the streets to join in the festivities.

Nelson City Brass have been playing Christmas carols in the streets of Nelson and Richmond for over 70 years. Established in 1857, it is one of the oldest brass bands in New Zealand.

They are collecting donations on their travels, with all proceeds going towards the Nelson City Youth Brass Band operating costs and instrument replacement.

The Nelson City Brass Band will be playing in Richmond, Stoke, Brightwater and The Wood from 6.15pm to 9pm each day, weather permitting, up until December 23.  For further information, please refer to their website www.nelson