There is certainly no rest for the wicked in Helston, as band members now get down to some serious practice ahead of the West of England Bandsmans Festival, at Bugle, in June. However, at least they can do so knowing that Flora Day 2015 will go down in the band’s history as one of the most successful and enjoyable in recent times.
On behalf of everyone associated with Helston Town Band, thank you to all those who helped to make the day such a memorable occasion for us all.
Special congratulations to the undisputed star of the show, our Deputy Musical Director, Kevin Johns, who walked in front of the band for the first time. Thank you to Kevin’s “Chief Fashion Advisor,” Jennifer Johns, for helping him to look so resplendent in his three piece suit! Kevin - you made us all very proud.
Thank you to Kevin’s “Glamorous (?) Assistants.” Well done to Russell Harvey (7 o’ clock Dance), Martin Pascoe and Ian Harvey (Childrens’ Dance and Midday Dance) and Ian Edwards (5 o’ clock Dance). Ok - they won’t be winning any beauty contests, but they ably guided the band around the dance routes and we thank them very much!
A big pat on the back to Dan Jeffery, the man this year responsible for beating the bass drum and also to his percussion colleague, Simon Wills, who sported the biggest smile of the day and entertained fellow band members well into the evening, with his bar- top drumming and (special Radnor version of) singing!
Congratulations to Claire Ely, the clear winner of the early morning “Spingo Initiation Challenge,” who put her superior Young Farmers training to good use and proved that she is more than a match for any of our aspiring male drinkers! Well done, too, to Nick Phillips, Bethany Noall, Marika Charleston, Susan Johnson and our Professional Conductor, David Johnson, who were all taking part in their first Flora Day and “associated activities” (i.e. drinking)!
A big thank you to the numerous guest players, (many of whom took time off work) who joined us for the Children’s Dance and Midday Dance; Beccy Noall, Aly Smith, Tamsin Benner, Stephen Clapton, Denis Floyd, Gillian Allen, Steve Allen, Mary Louise Combellack, Roger Gluyas, Suzanne Ely, Mark Christophers, Cecil Bennetts, Barry Skinner, Ernie Reynolds, Viv Collins, Martin Nicholls, Kevin Dower, Tom Bassett, Robert Wilton, John Adams, Ethan Bray, Robbie Brokenshire, Matthew Bennetts, Ben Vleminckx and Tim Vleminckx.
Special thanks to our guest side drummers, Trevelyan Worth, who hot- footed it back from Cardiff for the day, at short notice, and Bobby Combellack, who was also drafted in, quite literally at the eleventh hour.
It was reassuring to see some familiar faces from the last few years back in the fold, too! Thank you to regular helpers Louise Williams and Andrew Annear and also to Kathryn Stinton, Tegen Davis, Andy Wingham, Adrian Ball, Felicity Blight, Graham Christophers, Royston Dower and Mike Hocking. Believe it or not, that special thanks also extends to two former Helston bass players… Chris Warrington (complete with entertaining shoe troubles in Cross Street) and the one and only Kevin Meagor!
Well done to Helston Concert Brass for their sterling efforts; particularly to Mark Beard, Colin Heatley, Bridget Rustell, Linda Frew and Sarah Ferris, who all took on extra playing duties!
What a fantastic turnout from all 27 members of the Training Band, some of whom were taking part for the very first time. Well done to you all and to Marika Charleston for her excellent work in tutoring you over the past few months.
Thank you to Helston photographer Allan McLaren for turning up at 6.30am to capture the band in all their glory. Watch this space for the end result, which is bound to become a Halloween best- seller!
Thanks also to the Ladies of the Godolphin Club, for providing band members with the usual, much- welcomed cooked breakfast.
Thank you for the generous collections that were gathered by our numerous helpers on the day; our Chairman Alan Trewhella, Tracey Robinson, Colin Retallack, Brian Dale, Fred Angove, David and Jenny Wingham, Lionel Endean, Danny and Sarah Reed and Amy and Helen McGroary, Claire Salter, Danielle Trathen, Dave Ensink, Emma and Georgina Roberts, Jamie King, John Boase, Laurence Penrose, Michelle Pascoe and Rosemary Jenkin and a number of the players from the concert band among them. Thanks to our Secretary, Graham Carter, for his administrative work behind the scenes and also to Ann Williams, our hard- working Treasurer.
Apologies if we have missed any names… but above all, a massive thank you toeveryone in Helston and beyond for their continuing support of the band, on Flora Day and throughout the year.
Thank you One and All!