Tilbury Band

By Cliff Cowin

Photo:Tilbury Band learners c1962

Tilbury Band learners c1962

Photo:Young bandsmen larking around c1960. Notice the military style uniforms

Young bandsmen larking around c1960. Notice the military style uniforms

This page was added by Cliff Cowin on 17/10/2012.
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I think one of the boys larking around in the picture is my husband. He's the one in the background in the glasses. His name is John Opie, although some will remember him as John Matthews, his grandad was Laurie Tindale, well known local taxi driver, who at one time was president of the band. I used to live opposite John's grandparents and can remember hearing John practising. The uniforms were dark green with black trousers.

By kathryn opie
On 21/10/2012

You are absolutely right Kathryn that is John. The front row L-R is Michael Byford, Bill Terry (his father, also Bill Terry worked at Tilbury Riverside Station) and Roy Bridgehouse. Yes the uniforms were dark green with black trousers plus lots of gold braid and brass buttons that had to be polished. The younger bandsman would taper the bottoms of the uniform trousers which was frowned upon by the older band committee. I hope Tilbury Band has kept some of these old uniforms which could be donated to the Thurrock Museum.

By Cliff Cowin
On 22/10/2012

Realise these photos have been up for quite a while now, but I am genuinely impressed with these.  As Band Archivist and Assistant Secretary for The Tilbury Band I'd be really grateful for some high resolution scans (or loan of originals) of any photos you have of the Band as we're trying to make sure we've got a good history of the Band set up for the website and also in our hall.

With regard to these old 'lion tamer' uniforms, I've been in the Band since 1997 and I'm afraid I've never seen any of these in our stock.  We have one of the 1960s ones still, which I keep in the archive.  Again, if anyone reading this has any artefacts regarding the Band, we'd love to hear from you - you can contact us through the Band website (I'm avoiding putting email addresses in posts to avoid spam).


By Greg White
On 23/02/2014

I was very interested to see the Tilbury Band website. I notice that Richard Fox is still a member. Richard encouraged me to join the band when I was about 13 years old and I had many enjoyable years playing.

I would think that Richard must be the longest serving member 50+ years. (Unless you have lied about your age Dick!)

I still get my cornet out of mothballs once a year to play the last post and the odd Hymn at the North Stifford Remembrance Day Service.

By Cliff Cowin
On 24/02/2014

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