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Ransome reward their best.

Midlanders make their annual awards.


The Ransome Band, under the direction of John Hinckley, recently performed their Annual Christmas Concert at the Palace Theatre in Newark.

The highlight of the concert is the presentation of the Player of the Year and Bandsman of the Year awards, which takes place during the second half of the concert.

Compared by Band President, John Barker, long-service awards were firstly presented to Chris Mellows and Pete Pickering who between them have clocked up over 60 years of playing with the Ransome Band. Both of them have recently retired from playing and the band joined with the audience to wish them all the best for the future.

The Player of the Year Award is presented to the player who, in the view of the rest of the band, has been the outstanding player during the year. In a break from the norm, however, the Player of the Year Award is this year shared between two players; George Thackray (Solo Horn) and David Bird (Soprano Cornet).

The Bandsman of the Year Award was presented to Band Manager, Jo Riseley. In his presentation speech, John Barker summed up why Jo was a worthy winner. 'This award has a clear winner. By voting for this person, the band has recognised the hard work which she has put into the band over the last twelve months. Her tireless work behind the scenes has helped keep the band running smoothly during the year.'

The concert also featured Kirsty Rogers, a young cornet player who won a local competition to appear at the concert and play two solos with the band. She impressed both the audience and the band with her playing. As John Hinckley put it, 'This is certainly one young lady with a bright future ahead of her.' No-one in the audience, or the band, would disagree.


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