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Banstead Band 1947

Here is the picture the Banstead Boys Band taken in 1947 on the occasion of the visit Sir Harry Mortimer,

the famous cornettist and conductor and Mr Frank Wright the BBC director of music.

As narrated by Vincent Phillips

The boys names as far as I can remember are:

Back row L to R :- Peter Richardson, Jim Phillips (my late brother), Peart(?), Bertram Lockhart,Tony Gunnell, John Rooke, Alec Nielson, George Moo, Russell, Stanley Tomlinson.

Middle row :- Terry Newman, Vincent Phillips,(Myself), Thompson, Larry Ell, Unknown, Adams(?) unknown, unknown, Dumas, Frank Lovelock, unknown.

Front row :- Jim Wilson, William Bright, Paul Pittock, Mr Harry Lawn (Bandmaster), Sir Harry Mortimer, Mr Frank Wright, Mr Cyril Rayner (Headmaster), Glyn Dewart, John Bonnet, Walter Keep.

My apologies to the small boys in the middle row whom I cannot identify, although I cannot remember your names your cheery faces are forever in my memory.

My memories of Sir Harry's visit are still very vivid, he regaled us with a brilliant rendition of "The flight of the bumble bee" and "The carnival of Venice"

whilst we boys assaulted his ears with the march "Slaidburn" and Drink to me only".

After tea and cakes and couple of congratulatory speeches a good time was had by all.

I am sure that his visit, if not inspiring us to take up musical career, did at least instil in us love brass band music for the rest of our lives.

My best wishes to you and any other boys and girls from that era. Vincent Phillips.

Photo couresy Vincent Phillips.