Major milestone

Executive members of the St Joseph's Christmas Band are, from left, Desiree Claasen, Jesse Kays, Raymond Kays, Richard Esau, Albert September, Arthur Jooste, Joanne Witbooi and Melvyn Naidoo.

The St Joseph’s Christmas Band celebrated their 80th anniversary at Grassy Park civic centre, on Heritage Day, Saturday September 24). The band was started by families from areas such as Grassy Park, Wynberg, Mitchell’s Plain and Athlone, who formed a culture of taking turns to play at each family’s house for Christmas and holidays. Chairperson Albert September said since the beginning they have lost 21 members who have passed away. Certificates of appreciation for attending the event as well as trophies for long service were handed out and entertainment was provided by a live band.