Band stalwart bows out

A man thought to be the longest-serving band member in the county has played his final oom-pah-pah after 70 years.

John Weston first paid a subscription to Gretton Silver Band in 1944, aged just 14.

Now, seven decades later, he has finally retired due to ill health.

He will retain his post as club president.

John is the grandson of one of the founder members, George Weston.

Established in 1877, Gretton Silver Band is the oldest continuously operating traditional village brass band in the country.

They played at the celebratory opening of the original Corby railway station in 1879 and entertained protesters during a mass demonstration by brickworkers in the old village in 1890.

Members still practise every week and will play at a series of outdoor events over the summer.

John’s retirement means that there is now a vacancy for an experienced trombonist in the band. Anyone interested can contact club chairman Peter Weston on 01536 713234.