MUSIC is the essential thread that has been running through the lives of the Nicholls dynasty in Wrexham over four generations.
The talented family has been involved in music and charity fundraising since the days when Albert Nicholls (1902 - 1983) was a leading light in the Wrexham Pantomime Company. Albert was awarded the British Empire Medal in 1976 and Wrexham Maelor's Pantomime Ward was named in recognition of the group's fundraising work.
Denise Nicholls, wife of Albert's grandson Eric, is carrying on the tradition by getting some of the best bands in the business, all of which have a Nicholls family member involved, to perform a musical extravaganza called Take Note! to raise charity funds.
Denise said: 'I have been amazed at the support I've had from so many people for this project.
'The family thought about doing this last year after my father-in-law Eric 'Nick' Nicholls died from progressive supra-nuclear palsy, or PSP, which is a form of Parkinson's Disease. So I decided I would just book the Memorial Hall in Wrexham for June 11 and sort things out from there!'
The event will raise money for the PSP charity, Leukaemia Research UK and Nightingale House Hospice in Wrexham. Denise's mother, Lily Clark, was a well-known member of Regent Street Methodist Church and she died of leukaemia two years ago.
Denise said: 'Although our family has not used the hospice it is so important to have a place where people can be looked after with dignity.
'We want to do something for these charities through Take Note! and share the music. We will honour the memory of loved ones who had a passion for music and it will be a chance for everybody to enjoy themselves and move on.'
Nick was a painter and decorator for Wrexham Council and an enthusiastic member of the Maletone Singers for many years. He was also a trombone player and bequeathed his instrument to his teenage grandson Stuart, who has played with Bill Basey's Big Band since he was 12 years old.
Denise has been overwhelmed by the support she has received for this event. She said: 'All the bands are coming to perform from all over the country and they are only taking money for expenses. It is so generous of them to give us their time, especially around the weekend which is when they would be performing.
'The tickets for the Friday night are selling so quickly that we are now planning to have another performance on Thursday, June 10, at Brymbo Sports and Social Club.'
Take Note! will be a jazz club/cabaret style event and there will be plenty of opportunity for dancing. A Grand Prize Draw will take place on the Friday evening with a fantastic first prize of two Air Canada return tickets to Toronto, donated by Delmar Worldchoice in Gresford. One of the partners in the travel agency business, Ann Anglesea, attended Bromfield School with Denise and was very pleased to be able to help. She said: 'We've been in Gresford for 40 years and we like to support local events. My own father, who started the business in 1963, was also a professional musician. I believe Denise is right when she says that music brings people together and this event has really touched the heartstrings of a lot of people.'
Denise is appealing for anyone who would like to help in any way to contact her. There will be opportunities for businesses to advertise in the programme and she would be grateful for help in selling the draw tickets. She said: 'Every penny that we collect from the draw will go to the charities, so please contact me by e-mail at email@example.com or give me a call on 01978 852329.'
Tickets for the events, which cost £10, are available from Phase One in Wrexham and Back Alley Music in Mold and Chester, plus Delmar Worldchoice in Gresford.