Members of the Panache Steel Orchestra have launched an appeal for help after a person or persons unknown reportedly damaged and stole property from their Sir Sydney Walling Highway pan yard on the weekend. The captain, Maurisha Potter, disclosed that the members which mostly consist of young people are now fearful and feel unsafe following the incident.
“We feel a bit timid now, going to the pan yard because now we are aware that someone is probably watching us or watching our movements. We have a lot of young people in our band, and I feel uneasy. I don’t want it to be a case where one of these days somebody runs up when the young people are practicing and somebody is in danger,” Potter reported yesterday
Potter also explained that a piece of their own equipment was used to commit the theft of their vehicle’s battery, the bus they were using to transport members and equipment.
“One of the double stands that we use for holding up the pan, they broke the center of the double stand to then use it to pry open the bus, pry open the compartment where the battery was, so they did all that between the hours of 1 am and 7 am,” she said.
She added that a neighboring restaurant seemed to have been targeted during the same time as well. She remains hopeful that Panache Steel Orchestra will get some assistance to make the pan yard safer because while the band usually does not ask for assistance in this manner, safety is a top priority for their pan players.