celebrated his 90th birthday at a special party at the British Legion
Club at Kirkby on Sunday 20th Oct. Nearly one hundred friends &
relations attended, most of which were indebted to Les in some way.
Over the years the Band has been fortunate to have been served well
by Les who was appointed Bandmaster on 30th January 1952 and served
in that capacity for the next thirty six years, retiring in 1988. He
not only prevented the band from folding up during the lean times in
the 'fifties but also took the band to the upper echelons of the Championship
Section in the 'eighties. It was a fitting tribute that on his retirement
he was awarded the British Empire Medal in recognition of his services.
Les was to be found at all practices on Thursday and Sunday nights and
his opinion was asked for at times by the then band master, John
Chairman, John Wright gave the following address at the party:
"I remember first meeting Les when I came to join Kirkby
band, I was 14, to me he was old then!! but I suppose to kids of 14
today, Phil Woodward will seem an old git. In those day’s senior
practice was on Sunday Morning and Wednesday night and junior practice
on Sunday afternoon, no one dare be late or not turn up. The look you
got when he saw you was frightening. I’ve been thinking of a
few words to describe our birthday boy,
Les has been a member of our Band for around 80 years
Leader:- Les still leads
from the front giving guidance and support to everyone young and old
Conductor:- Les was
conductor of our band for 36 Years.
Musician:- Les is a
great musician, his understanding of musical detail and interpretation
is second to none.
gives everyone the will and confidence to achieve
Teacher:- In the late
Sixties and early seventies Les realised the only way our band would
survive was through teaching young people, through his patience and
commitment, he not only produced excellent musicians. But by nurturing
the less talented, giving them confidence and developing their differing
strengths he also created an
army of all-round “Bandsman”
Visionary:- He knew
that Bands strength would come from having a broad mix of hardworking,
dedicated and loyal people, his vision went on to create the solid foundation,
which our band is built on today.
The Last word Friend:-
I’m sure you all agree Les is a good and reliable friend to us
Please raise your glasses to Les Maw"
to all for the photos