This month’s spotlight item is a cutting from Lisa King about her dad Franklyn Drake, which ties in nicely to our latest listening post clip.
It’s a fantastic article very much of it’s time – I love the in depth wardrobe analysis! Franklyn and Olive have always been great supporters of the band – and we are very grateful to both of them.
“A popular member of the Royston Town Band was married at St Michael and All Angel’s Church, Abington Pigotts, on Saturday last, he was Mr Franklin Franklyn Drake, only son of Mr and Mrs F Drake of Forge House Barley, and his bride was Miss Olive Covington, only daughter of Mr and Mrs A Covington of Down Hall, Abington Pigotts.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride was very prettily attired in a gown of white satin with lace coat falling into a long train, her shoulder length veil was held by a white camellia. She carried a bouquet of flame coloured roses and white chrysanthemums.
The bride’s nephews, Mark and Andrew Covington held the train of her ensemble, both wore royal blue trousers and white satin blouses.
March’s spotlight is part of a history written by Brian Edwards who has just celebrated 75 years playing with Royston Town Band (amazing!).
“My association with Royston Town Band started in 1942 at the age of eleven. Many of the regular players had joined the Forces, and Frank Greenhill, who had been conductor of the band since 1933, came up with the idea of forming a junior band. That was, however, a wonderful idea as so much time was available from school children and instruments were there ready for learners to take up. As a band trainer Frank filled the roll admirably, and was ideal as long as you didn’t play too many wrong notes!
He was determined to keep the band going in Royston, and as so many instrumentalists were missing, the band needed as many replacements as possible to fill the gaps. This was quite an attraction to the youngsters, however, as so many of the instruments were available on which to practise. Frank’s method was quite simple and exercises, scales, and easy marches, were soon coming from the bandroom, which was on loan to us rent-free by Nash, Son & Rowleys, the auctioneers at the top of Fish Hill. This arrangement was used for a number of years. The redundant premises are now a funeral parlour and Council hall.
Fantastic news!! Here comes Brass Roots…
We’ve been awarded £10,000 from @heritagelotteryfund for our band history project ‘Brass Roots‘ thanks to money raised by National Lottery players!
Over the next year there will be many different opportunities to delve into record books, create a new oral history, launch a youth mini-project, reconnect with old friends and much more…
Get in touch with us if you would like to be involved.