Jack’s swansong after many years of music

A long-serving member of Todmorden Community Brass Band has retired after more than ten years in the cornet section.

Jack Highley, 83, played his swansong with the band at a concert last month, and members made a special presentation to him as a mark of appreciation for his many years of service.

Band chairwoman Liz Hinchliffe said: “We are always said to see band members go. We would like to wish him all the best.”

His daughter-in-law Julie Hynes said: “He has really enjoyed his time in the band and, as far as I’m aware, he has attended every single practice and performance with them.”

Jack, who has lived in Todmorden all his life, learned to play aged 14 and went on to perform with many famous musicians over the years, including supporting Acker Bilk and Kenny Ball. During his time in the RAF, he played in the White Wings Orchestra.

Jack said he is grateful for all the support and friendship his fellow band members have given him over the years.

He intends to keep in touch and lend his support from the stalls at future performances.