Backworth Colliery Band early 1900s in front of Queen Victoria statue, Tynemouth, with Robert Coxon arrowed
We were invited to play during brunch at Guyzance Hall in Northumberland as part of the 70th birthday celebrations of Robert Coxon. Robert’s family come from Backworth and he was very keen to have the band play as his great grandfather and grandfather, both also Robert Coxon, played with the band.
Robert had prepared a display for his family to see featuring a photo of the band from 1900 that included his great grandfather. It is entirely possible that he was a founder member of the band back in 1886!
It was a lovely event and wonderful to meet Robert and re-connect with the Coxon family. Our MD Colin invited Robert up to conduct the band for “Blaydon Races” (he did a vert good job keeping time at a good tempo).
Our first set was mostly backgound music as people ate and chatted, but our second set turned into a mini concert, as the brunch had been consumed and the guests all sat and listened intently!
We played a selection of pieces that have gone down well over the year including “Sweet Gingerbread Man”, “Buster Strikes Back”, “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace”, “Gresford”, “Two British Folk Songs”, “Fairytale”, “Clog Dance, “Lord of the Dance”, “Pink Panther”, “Don’t Stop Me Now”, “Misty”, “Time to Say Goodbye”, “La Vie en Rose and Wonderful Life” “Reet Petite”. Plus of course “Happy Birthday”.