Lydbrook Band has announced the death of one of its longest and most dedicated members, Yvonne Hamblin (nee Smith).
Yvonne started playing with Lydbrook Band 64 years ago when she was just 10 years old. She was an integral part of the senior and training band and still playing with the band in the Championship Section as well as supporting and mentoring new starters.
She had the most gorgeous, classic cornet sound and was a true bandsman, never missing a rehearsalLydbrook Band
A spokesperson told 4BR: "She had the most gorgeous, classic cornet sound and was a true bandsman, never missing a rehearsal.
In 2005 Yvonne earned the title of 'First Lady of Lydbrook Band' as she received her 50-year service award from the Gloucestershire Brass Band Association, and in 2017 was awarded the Trefor Evans Memorial Trophy as Lydbrook Bandsman of the Year.
Yvonne would often be seen helping out various local bands throughout the summer months."
The funeral service will be held on Wednesday 15th May at 10.00am in Lydbrook Parish Church followed by a private burial. The wake will be held at Forest Hills Golf Club (GL16 7QD).