Greater Manchester Police Museum

I have been promising myself a visit to the Greater Manchester Police Museum for some time now, and today I finally made it. It was a fascinating trip and well worth a go if you are into your history, or police history, or are just plain nosey about how our Mancunian ancestors broke the law... Continue Reading →

The Journal of Phileas Fogg

My son will be taking part in his first ever brass band competition tomorrow, which is the North West Area Championships held in the Winter Gardens in Blackpool. It is an annual contest and other parts of the country will be playing their own "area" contest over the coming weeks. The section winners and runners... Continue Reading →

The Immortal Memory

Today, 21st October 2015, marks the 210th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar which was the most decisive battle in British Naval history. Sadly, it also marks the 210th anniversary of the death of our greatest Admiral, Lord Nelson. The battle itself was part of the Napoleonic wars, which raged in the early part of... Continue Reading →

Rushcart Festival

I had a lovely time yesterday playing with the Littleborough Band at the annual Rushcart Festival. Yes, that's right, I had a lovely time PLAYING. I thoroughly enjoyed putting my musical head on for an hour or so and exercising my cornet blowing muscles for a change. The music was great fun to play and... Continue Reading →

HMS Biter

I spent the evening tonight taking part in a ceremony to rededicate HMS Biter at the Imperial War Museum North at Salford Quays.The ship has been out of action for about a year now for a refit and it is making a very welcome return to the water tonight. The ceremony itself was held outdoors,... Continue Reading →


As today is Friday 13th, I thought I'd share with you a couple of superstitions that are connected with this date. Friday is said to be the day that Christ was crucified, Judas hanged himself and it is the day that Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden. Accordingly, it is considered... Continue Reading →

Take Me To The Water

I wanted to share this with you today because we have been talking about baptism a lot recently and this song was used in the service on Sunday morning - very theatrical and dramatic which had a profound effect on everyone. Sunday just gone was the day we think about Jesus' baptism by John the... Continue Reading →

My New Year’s Day

Usually New Year's Day in my house involves a lot of resting, maybe a little walking, a lot of tidying up and maybe a bit of food, but this year was just a teeny bit different. I saw a request from one of my Facebook/Band friends (who plays in another band) for players to help him... Continue Reading →

The First Nowell This is Kevin, myself, Ethan and Sam playing outside St Peter's Church on Christmas morning. We played before and during the service too, but this was the only piece that was filmed. I hope you like it!

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