Beeston Silver Prize Band

Beeston Silver Prize Band

This successful local band was formed in April 1929. Its first engagement was in the same month, at the Beeston Charity Cup Final held at the Beeston Lads' Club Ground.
The bandmaster at that time was Mr H Ledger and the percussionist was Fred Nutt - who went on to become the Bandmaster.
At first, the band practised in the old Liberal Club on Station Road, Beeston but, after this was demolished, it moved to the Commercial Inn on Wollaton Road.
The band had some competition successes, particularly during the 1930s, and was the winner at the Leicester Band Festival in 1936.
After disbanding during the war years, when many of the young players served in the Armed Forces, some sadly
not to return, the band was reformed in 1947 and continued performing at park concerts in the local area and beyond.

This picture was taken in 1931, in the grounds of the Manchester Unity on Middle Street - which ultimately became "The Cow at Beeston" pub before it was demolished to become the site for the Tesco petrol station.

Standing - Top Row: Lockwood, McIntosh, Joe Fern, Ted Chambers snr., Ted Chambers jnr, Fred Stewart, Bill Cobb, Robertson, Harry Blagden
Standing - 2nd Row: Bill Cobb (Band Secretary), Don James, Den Reardon, W Lucas snr, Stan Smith, Jack Smith, Frank Ricahrds, Roberts, W Lucas jnr.
Seated: Arthur Johnson, Amos Argyll, T Winters snr., Ted Whitby, F Winters jnr, Jack Clay, Shaw
In Front: Joe Noon, Fred Nutt
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National Brass Band Championshiop

The Beeston Band egistrating for the Midland Area, National Brass Band Championship at the Albert Hall, Nottingham, in February 1948 or 1949
Photograph supplied by Robert Singleton whose late father, Wilmot E ("Bill") Singleton, is facing, at the back, left of the tuba
Bill played in a number of other bands in the area, besides Beeston Silver Prize Band
Freddie Nutt, the band's percussionist, is standing at the back, second from the left

Band letterhead
The band's letterhead

Band concert2

Band concert1

Programme for a charity concert by Beeston Silver Prize Band
held at the Majestic Cinema, Beeston in the early days of World War 2

The cinema's owner, Max Nepolsky (who had recently developed
the Cliftonside Estate in Beeston Rylands) was the Chairman

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Lockwood McIntosh Joe Fern Ted Chambers snr. Ted Chambers jnr. Fred Stewart Bill Cobb Robertson Harry Blagden Bill Cobb (Band Secretary) Don James Den Rearden W Lucas snr. Stan Smith Jack Smith Frank Richards Roberts W Lucas jnr. Arthur Johnson Amos Argyll T Winters snr. Ted Whitby F Winters jnr. Jack Clay Shaw Joe Noon Fred Nutt