A Grantham musician has been rewarded for more than 70 years in brass band music at an annual festival.
Geoff Kirkby, of Clyde Court, was taken aback when he was presented with the Band Person of the Year Award at the Mineworkers National Open Brass Band Festival at Butlin’s in Skegness at the weekend.
The 82-year-old began playing the cornet at the age of nine and a few years later joined his first band at Ruston and Hornsby, where he was an apprentice. He later took up the trombone, which he still plays frequently in several bands.
Geoff, who is married to June, said of his award: “I had absolutely no idea. I was gobsmacked. I didn’t realise they had said my name. I had to be dragged up! I am very proud of it.”
His daughter, Julie, put forward his name for the award. She plays alongside him in the Grantham Concert Band.
Brass band music has played a part through generations of Geoff’s family – his son plays, as well as a grandson and daughter-in-law.
Geoff is kept busy playing for the Newark, City of Lincoln, City Hospital and Vintage Brass bands, and just about manages to fit in a couple of games of golf each week.
n The Grantham Concert Band is looking for members. Call Geoff on 01476 417397 for details.