Venue’s delight at musical gifts

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EXPECT some noise after a community space landed some serious pieces of musical kit!

Iconic company Marshall, whose amplifiers have toured the world on countless professional music stages, have donated thousands of pounds worth of equipment to 21:12.

The venue, which was opened last year by former Tansads drummer Phill Knight and partner Jayne West in a collection of derelict office buildings off Swan Meadow Road, has received a complete backline from Marshall, including amps, head units, cabs and two cajons, a kind of box drum kit played by hand.

The enormous stash of musical equipment found its way to Wigan after co-founder Jayne cold-called Marshall to explain about the work 21:12 is doing in the community, which includes providing low-cost rehearsal space for young bands in the borough and offering musical therapy sessions for vulnerable people such as recovering drug and alcohol addicts.

Jayne said: “It’s fantastic to get something like this at a little community organisation from a worldwide company. We’re just blown away by it.”

The company’s latest donation is not the only example of firms willing to help 21:12 out, with the Wigan branch of Wickes lending some of its expertise to enable the venue to meet all the musicians’ needs. The company, based at Robin Park, is supplying the studios with tables, chairs and a breakfast bar to run around the perimeter of the stage room.

The venue is also receiving a large sign to advertise their presence to anyone passing by, courtesy of Ashton-based company Copycats Printing.

For more information, search for 21:12 Music Community on Facebook.