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Message Number: 2751 - Wednesday, July 1, 2020 13:21:13 EST
[IP = 90.248.6.21] -
Name:  MICHAEL G HUTTON
Service Number:  RMBX2638
Hometown:  Newbury
Comments:

Sad news yet again to hear about David Cole's wife and of course the loss of Colin Bowden another great member of the Band Service from way back. Our thoughts of course are with the families of both, as we all know the support that wives and children have given to all of us through the years. Michael Hutton.

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Message Number: 2750 - Tuesday, June 30, 2020 04:35:15 EST
[IP = 79.67.101.187] -
Name:  Graham Hoskins
Service Number:  RMBx2687
Comments:

Dear Colleagues,

I have learned with great sadness that Colin Bowden BEM, former Portsmouth Drum Major, died this morning at his home in Malvern, Worcestershire. He had been suffering with Alzheimer's for many months in the care of his wife Jean to whom we send our sincere condolences. He was a well respected leader the pinnacle of whose career was probably leading the Massed Bands at Wembley in 1966 when England won the World Cup. He was a valued RM Corps historian and a true gentleman. He subsequently served as an RNRM Careers Officer in the rank of Lieutenant before becoming an area manager of National Car Parks.

Yours ever, Graham

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Message Number: 2749 - Monday, June 29, 2020 04:52:43 EST
[IP = 86.166.255.102] -
Name:  geoff hill
Service Number:  qoo3807h
Hometown:  exeter
Instrument/s:  euph/cello
Comments:

It is with great sadness that I wish to inform you that Karen Crofts died last Friday after a short illness.She was the ` larger than life` American wife of ex-Corps Bugle Major WO1 Andy Crofts MBE and,along with Andrew, will be sorely missed.

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Message Number: 2748 - Sunday, June 28, 2020 16:47:16 EST
[IP = 86.164.148.144] -
Name:  Mike Tellick
Service Number:  RMB 3512
Hometown:  Sittingbourne
Instrument/s:  Clart
Comments:

Dear Dickie,

It is with great sadness that I have to report that David Cole's dear wife, Jan, passed away in the early hours of Sunday morning. She had been ill with dementia for the last few years and will be sorely missed by everyone who knew her.

RIP Jan.

In sorrow,

Mike

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Message Number: 2747 - Tuesday, June 23, 2020 14:42:19 EST
[IP = 5.62.43.187] -
Name:  Noel Crook
Service Number:  RMBx2664
Hometown:  Clifton. Bedfordshire
Instrument/s:  Solo Clarinet
Comments:

Greetings all who remember me. Reading the latest pages so good to read the stories of the Edinburgh Tattoos the 50s one as well where we travelled up in the local Service Buses... What a journey! Brings back so many memories and names of those of that time "Wagglemajor Buglestaff so very many years since I heard that. The building that the Band were in just before going on, that was my School back in the mid 1930s. My father at that time was stationed in the castle and we lived in the married quarters so real military life for us. Age is ever moving on and the photos of my life are now every where 86th is not far off and still keeping healthy. Still building all sorts of different 'TOYS' as my son calls them and I said to him "I am making up for the toys that we never had back then". I can honestly say that I've never looked back and said to myself I should not have done that. I enjoyed it all where ever.

My very best wishes to all
Keep well and keep safe.

Noel

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Message Number: 2746 - Sunday, June 21, 2020 10:57:33 EST
[IP = 86.133.61.183] -
Name:  Gerry Taylour
Service Number:  RMBX2742
Hometown:  Ruddington near Nottingham
Instrument/s:  Piano and since retiring Tenor Trombone
Comments:

Good afternoon everybody and greetings from Ruddington near Nottingham.

I havn't posted anything for a while, but I do check out the 'guest book' regularly.

Well, what strange weather we are having this year, last Thursday afternoon we experienced a tremendous thunder storm and a lot of flooding took place. Fortunately our property was spared. Next Wednesday the weather forecasters tell us that the temperature will be 30 degrees plus.

I have been kept busy, by joining in with my band colleagues from 'The Loughborough Concert Band' making music virtually. You probably know what that entails. Each player records their own part, playing along either to a recording or a click track. which we then email to one of the band members who is skilled in merging all the parts. So far we have played the marches 'Belphegor' and 'The Thunderer', also an arrangement of 'Amazing Grace'. It is quite a challenge making music virtually. One has to think of so many things other than actually playing, such as checking volume settings and where the various devices required are placed. And of course a 'bum' note often means starting all over again. We also have a Zoom meeting for a quizz and chat once a week, on what would have been the evening for band rehearsal.

I wonder whether there is any more of my generation, still active in some way or the other in making music? I do hope so.

Take care, Gerry

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Message Number: 2745 - Wednesday, June 17, 2020 03:59:26 EST
[IP = 83.34.196.23] -
Name:  Michael Hickman
Service Number:  RMB 3482
Hometown:  Roquetas de Mar
Instrument/s:  Bass Trombone
Comments:

Greetings to one and all I trust this finds you all welll and coping at this difficult time.

Edinburgh Tattoo 1962 more memories. At this time I was a young 20 year old on my first major gig. I was marching along in front of a much older Euph' player by the name of Michael Hutton who as remember, had more on his mind than the job in hand. Let's go back! We left Deal on a Saturday morning myself and one other person in a car being driven by John Yates (Trombone) we headed off to Banbury Rugby club to carry out a Cat 4. We arrived safely and duly set the bandstand for the usual afternoon concert, it was raining and only ground sheets for protection so we got soaked, after the bandstand we, as normal, were to do a Beat Retreat and the organiser said to the boss no need for the band to march as it is too wet. The reply from Captain Jimmy Pottle was "yes we will" we had been paid prior to the gig so we will do it........ soaked again! All got changed into whatever transport you where in and set off for the rest of the journey to Scotland with a stop at Newark for a meal that had been organised. Onward over night to our destination arriving very early in the morning still very damp. As Terry said, the weather for the Tattoo was not too bad but I do remember that it rained one evening but it stopped just before we entered for the Finale so off capes. When we came to a halt for the last act I was right under Fred's nose. Two of the spares (no names but I do remember who they were) had to wheel on a rostrum for FVD to mount and conduct the finale. They had capes on and FVD said take them off! They refused until Charlie stepped in and when they removed the capes it became clear as to why they wanted to leave them on as they had no Belt or pouch under the cape much smiling at the front of the band as to what happened after I do not know. Regards to you all take care and stay safe and hopefully I will see some of you in October.

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Message Number: 2744 - Saturday, June 13, 2020 07:12:25 EST
[IP = 5.62.43.180] -
Name:  Terry Freestone
Service Number:  RMB/X 2505
Hometown:  Barham
Instrument/s:  Solo Cornet
Comments:

It is interesting, reminiscing about these gigs of our time. On that same Edinburgh Tattoo of 62 we had very good luck with the weather and had very little in the way of "rain on our parade". Our accommodation in Redford Bks Sergeants Mess was a barrack room and the food each day seemed to include cabbage, brussels sprouts and leeks when one might have expected in August at least to include some peas and runner beans. Army food?- Yuk! The layout of the place led one to believe the explanatory story that in the late 1800s the planners in the War Office had sent the blueprint for a Scotch barracks to India by mistake, and the Indian ones were what was built in Edinburgh.

As the senior D of M present Fred had asked Ray Woodfield, the BMr of the Starf Band [sic] to do a little novelty number in beguine rhythm - Nicola by Steve Race the pianist and broadcaster. When we were doing the preliminary rehearsals on the Esplanade, Fred seemed to find it a bit "Grand Opera" and told Ray to lighten it up a bit. The producer of the show Brigadier Alastair MacLean was always demanding ideas but Fred always seemed to put him in his place. I was lucky in my time and never had the misfortune to do another Edinburgh Tattoo.

Harking back to Mick`s mention of John Wagstaffe, I remember there was a stir in Deal around those years as "Wagglemajor Buglestaff" was rumoured to have been nominated for a BEM, but due to some long ago wartime misspent incident had forfeited a GCB and therefore was not in a "state-of-grace" to be honoured by the Queen....? There was quite quickly a Wednesday CO`s parade on North Barrack parade when a LS&GC was pinned on John`s tunic, and happily the BEM appeared very soon afterwards. John died early, I seem to recall, and as a keen golfer he had the great privilege of hitting a superb drive straight down the fairway and dropping dead the next moment, in the same manner as Bing Crosby. John would, I am sure, have taken pleasure in that.

[Editor] I'm sure I speak for everyone when I say it would be a fine thing if you were to put into a small chapter your invaluable anecdotes of your distinguished career a la Mick Hutton. Thank you Terry.

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Message Number: 2743 - Friday, June 12, 2020 04:27:30 EST
[IP = 90.248.158.118] -
Name:  MICHAEL G HUTTON
Service Number:  RMBX2638
Hometown:  Newbury
Comments:

Well remembered Terry, Just needed to add that the car was a second hand Ford Prefect that I paid £30 for, the windscreen wipers packed up and I had to use one hand under the dashboard to keep them going when raining, and you frightend the life out of many cattle and sheep as we crossed the border into Scotland when playing 'Scotland the Brave' on your Trumpet out of the passenger window ! Don't laugh its all true !!!! Mick.

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Message Number: 2742 - Wednesday, June 10, 2020 14:57:47 EST
[IP = 5.62.43.180] -
Name:  Terry Freestone
Service Number:  RMB/X 2505
Hometown:  Barham
Instrument/s:  Solo Cornet
Comments:

Reading the latest posts from Barry Radford and my old friend Mick Hutton brought back memories of two separate incidents etched in my memory. First Barry`s Cup Final put me in mind of November 1951 when I was in GLORY and we had to go down to Sydney for a refit. While there we, a ship`s band of 18, were required to play during the Tennis Finals of the 1951 Davis Cup at the White City.

We rigged up in a corner of the main court and played from our very simple library; stuff like Plymouth Hoe, Oklahoma, Americana by Thurban. Surprisingly the crowd seemed to like it and our Bandmaster Walter Spencer was much complimented. Considering for the previous ten months we had hardly touched our instruments due to the action role of flight deck ammo party, we were mightily relieved; but we all enjoyed sitting there in the court within touching distance of world class players such as Frank Sedgman- later to win Wimbledon- Mervyn Rose and Vic Seixas, among others. Great stuff.

Mick triggered memories of the 1962 Edinburgh Tattoo where he and I shared his car in a new move for SNCOs to take a car for a long gig up north. When installed in Redford Barracks, one concession we took advantage of was free use of many of Edinburgh`s golf courses with a few old clubs we mustered. During the Tattoo, Fred got to hear about our golfing venture (probably Charlie Bowden passed it on) and invited us to join him in a round at Royal Barnton, one of the city`s top courses and very much not one of the freebies. We got there with a Chief PTI in the mess with us at Redford Barracks who was a skilled player with some real clubs, who was partnering Fred. Mick and I felt very conscious of the inadequacy both of our dress and our shared bag of gash clubs, but Fred seemed not to notice and we got on with a very one-sided round, as both Mick and I had only been playing since arrival in Jockland. He was aware we were both SD candidates and may have been running the rule over us as we had both had our differences with the PDM.

We had a good laugh afterwards, but Mick will remember the farce-like round we played on the day. At least we both got promoted to Bandmaster within a few months!

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