Top brass unban England Band

THE England band will play on after being given assurances they would be allowed into the remaining games at Euro 2012.
After driving 2,800 miles to Donetsk for Monday’s Group D opener with France and being granted admittance to the Donbass Arena, the band were stunned when security staff confiscated their instruments.
Following representations by the Football Association, UEFA have confirmed the band will be allowed into the Sweden game.
“We are delighted UEFA have seen sense on this matter and the band can carry on banging the drum for England,” said a spokesman for band sponsors Pukka Pies.
Band representative John Hemmingham added: “It’s the best news possible.”


England Band were banned

PUKKA Pies will be making an official representation to UEFA following the exclusion of the Pukka Pies England Band for the England versus France match at the European Championship.
The brass band were excluded from the Donbass Arena on Monday evening and were asked to remove their instruments from the stadium – making the game the first the band have missed in 18 years, a run that includes over 300 consecutive appearances.
A spokesman for Pukka Pies, who sponsor the musicians, said: “The way the band have been treated leaves a sour taste in the mouth and is very disappointing and we will be making an official representation to UEFA.
“We will be doing everything that we can to make sure that the band take their rightful place at the England versus Sweden game in Kiev.”