Memories of Music and Sports Day at Flookburgh School

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THE Mail published an article about Flookburgh Band in 1991 just before it traveled to London to compete in the British National Brass Band Championships.

“The band was founded 84 years ago and several descendants of the original band members play today,” the feature said.

One of the characteristics of the group was the strong family ties that helped unite the players.

The band’s publicity manager, Paul Winters, explained: “We have Mitchell Rowlandson (trombone) and his son Neil (percussionist), who at 12 is the youngest player in the band, while Mitchell’s brother, Tony , plays the cornet.

“Mitchell’s uncle, Jack Manning, a local fisherman, plays flugelhorn and his son Stephen Manning plays cornet.

“Then we also have Mike Garnett on bass trombone and his son Trevor and fiancée Hannah playing cornet and horn respectively, while Hannah’s sister also plays horn with the band.”

The oldest musician was euphonium player Bill Dickinson, who had been with the band for 60 years.

The group members came from all walks of life, said Paul, a math teacher.

Other players worked for Glaxo, or worked as fishermen, builders and electricians and some were employed by an undertaker.

Paul explained that the band received no sponsorship, and much of its income was needed to buy sheet music, renew instruments, and generally maintain the band.

The band would intensify their practices in the Flookburgh Square Concert Hall, putting the finishing touches on their test piece for the national final.

A few weeks earlier, the band had played at a concert in Grange on behalf of children’s charity Barnardo’s. The previous weekend they performed a concert at Flookburgh Parish Church to raise funds to help defray the cost of sending the band to London for the final.

Meanwhile, in 1993, The Mail was at Flookburgh Primary School taking pictures during the annual sports day.

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