started playing a Cornet at the age of 5 at primary school. Then
went to senior school and joined the school band. The music
teacher formed the Cleveland Symphonic Band which I joined and
carried on playing when I left school. At the age of 14 I joined
Cargo Fleet Steel Works band and progressed to playing Eb Soprano
Cornet. I then joined North Skelton Silver Band at the age of 16.
When I left the band I joined the Royal Navy for a few years which
then saw me join the Navy band as a pass time. When I left the
Navy I went back to North Skelton Band and played with them
for many years. I also helped out with other local bands
such as Lingdale, Marske, Southbank and
Billingham. I stopped playing at the age of 30 but have now decided
to start again at the age of 62.