Band Stalwarts Remembered

Eastern Evening News, 5th October 2010
Gt. Yarmouth Mercury, 8th October 2010
North Norfolk News, 14th October 2010

Demobbed from the Navy in 1946 - after serving during the Second World War - Tom Feek and Gerald Thirst returned to their love of performing music in the Stalham Brass Band. Gerald played Euphonium and led the band as Director of Music for over 50 years. Tom played Cornet - and in later years Bass - in the band for nearly 30 years
It was the wish of both families that Gerald and Tomís time with the band be celebrated in a permanent form.
A few years further on, with family donations and just over £1000 of fundraising by the band, that wish has come to fruition.
A new set of banners for the band has finally arrived and been presented by Mrs Yvonne Thirst and Mrs Beryl Feek, the widows of Gerald and Tom. Each banner is embroidered on the front with the crown of the Queenís Jubilee Award - that the band holds - and on the playerís side with a dedication to the two men.

Gerald's son Tim Thirst, Director of Music for Stalham Brass Band said "The British Brass Band is an important part of this nation's heritage and we do not forget the hard work that has been put in by many band stalwarts over the years to keep that tradition alive. It was fitting that the bandís first engagement with the new banners was the joyous occasion of a wedding blessing."

Banner presentation: Stalham Brass Bandís Director of Music, Tim Thirst with [left] Mrs Beryl Feek and [right] Mrs Yvonne Thirst

Some of the Stalham Band, 1950. Back row centre: Gerald Thirst. Front row left: Tom Feek

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