We are very sad to announce the passing of our much loved cornet player Albert Manley on Friday 22nd May 2020. We share here our tribute to Albert.
We in Patcham Silver Band first met Albert some 28 years or so ago when we were playing one summer afternoon near Ringmer. He and Jean were holidaying in their caravan nearby and he heard the music – well, that was just the beginning! Albert made himself known to us, joined the band and was a much loved and respected member from that time on.
Albert was one of the most loyal and faithful of people I think I have known. Never one to push himself forward but to always be there, no fuss, no bother, just sheer lovely bandsmanship. Indeed he made 3rd cornet playing a sheer art – there aren’t many brass bands who can boast such an asset on their ‘back bench’.
Albert was such a loyal band member that he used to plan his holidays around band engagements often turning up to play having arranged to holiday nearby! For some years he was band librarian, housing the band’s music portfolio in his rear living room and masterfully keeping all our music folders in order. Yes, we thought the world of him and it was our privilege to make him a life member of the band after being with us for 25 years.
We are all so sorry that Albert is no longer with us – Patcham Silver Band will not be the same without him – we are just so glad that we were able to share in his 90th birthday celebrations on that Friday evening last August 9th.
Albert, we miss you – we look forward to giving you a special ‘send off / tribute’ evening when we can all meet again to play. Your Patcham Silver Band family looks forward to sharing this with your much loved family members and close friends. Until then old friend……we send you our heartfelt love and gratitude.
Written by Barbara Deane, Band chair
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