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Comment: Shelley White; Preston
Well done! This is very inspiring--you're right, it's never too late to fulfil a dream!

A Village Band by Jenny Bradley

Please tell us about yourself:
I was born in the moorland village of Slaidburn, Yorkshire, now in North West Lancashire, 75 years ago. Both my parents were descended from generations of moorland farming families and I was the second in a family of three boys and three girls. I was the first member of my family to leave our culture and to marry and move away.

After living in various parts of England,and travelling abroad, I eventually returned to my roots and since then have been working to gather and record the farming history of the Upper Hodder Valley. More recently have been working to organise an archive there.
I am a retired school teacher with 2 children and 2 grandchildren. Since returning to Lancashire I have learned to ring the Church bells, to play a cornet in a Brass Band and become the Hodder Valley Archivist.

What is your story about?
The story is about fulfilling a childhood ambition to join and play with Slaidburn Silver Band, our village band. It describes how I managed to do this when I was 67 by learning to play with young beginners, then joining the main band to play second cornet and how I still march and play with them at the age of 75.

Why did you choose to tell this particular story?
The Village Band. This was an opportunity to release the buried emotions of a lifetime of longing. Also to prove to myself and others that the impossible is often possible if there is enough determination, it is never to late to pursue a dream.

What was the experience of making your digital story like?
This masterclass offered me an opportunity to practise some of the learning I has begun during my first digital storytelling and use more advanced techniques. It was a struggle and a steep learning curve but a wonderful opportunity. The support and help was well organised and sensitive which encourages follow up, and practise to go on and use all the new ideas at home and in the archives. The two courses have opened up exciting horizons and I am so grateful.

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