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Blowing my own trumpet for my father

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: July 07, 2014

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ON a radio programme featuring a euphonium solo over here in the United States, I was reminded that my father played euphonium in the Short Heath Silver Band between the wars, so I Googled the band's name and up popped The Bugle article of December 22, 2008.

Not only that, but the third comment from a Bugle user appears to be from one of my first cousins, either Lesley or Jeanne, whom I haven't had any contact with since I moved to London in the mid 1960s. Her father Leslie and Aunt Doris, ran a fish and chip shop on Bloxwich Road North, just down the way from the Lane Head canal bridge and opposite the farm.

It was always a treat to get a 'freebie' three-pennuth of chips from him on my way home from Lane Head Junior School and the terrors of Sydney "One-Eye" Clift!

According to my much older brothers, her father and mine used to play duets together, him on the cornet, mine on the euphonium, during the 1920s in preparation for concerts. My father told me that they even went down to Alexandra Palace in London for the annual brass band competition.

There doesn't seem any way to reply to her via your website, so by putting this letter in The Bugle we can re-connect if she wants.

Many thanks for your attention.

From one of the many far-flung Squires/Applebys of Short Heath.

Roger Squire.


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