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Home from home for Foden's

Residents in the Foden's village of Elworth will always have a home connection with their famous band.

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Cheshire East Council has further recognised the historic role Foden’s Band has played in its community by granting them the civic honour of providing names for three more streets in a new housing development in their home village of Elworth.

Street names

The housing development is on one of the former sites of the Foden’s Motor Works, and in 2012 the Council formally named streets after nine former players and conductors of the band, including William Rimmer and Harry Mortimer.

With further expansion the builders have again granted an opportunity for the band to put forward more names, and in future residents will be able to call their home in ‘Foden Place’, ‘Men O’ Brass Square’ and ‘Alpine Echoes Close’.

Significance

Each has a special significance to the band — the first named after the famous family that set up in business and who took over the running of the original Elworth Band in 1902.

The second recalls the wonderful ‘All Star’ brass band that played under the name ‘Men O’ Brass’ and their legendary conductor Harry Mortimer, whilst the famous cornet solo ‘Alpine Echoes’ written for Harry Mortimer in 1927 is recalled in the naming of the third street.

It also refers to the musical notes of the piece that were immortalised in the opening of the new Elworth Park Gates earlier in the year.

Foden’s Band is delighted to remain so closely associated with Sandbach and Elworth, and the new street names are a great reminder of our musical homeFoden's Band

Delighted

A band spokesperson told 4BR: "Foden’s Band is delighted to remain so closely associated with Sandbach and Elworth, and the new street names are a great reminder of our musical home and the pride we have in representing the people who live there."



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