On the edge of history

Issue 5946

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Obituary - Ray Cunnington

Friday 30 September, 2016

It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Ray Cunnington. Ray was a stalwart in the brass banding world in the Midlands. He started playing in The Salvation Army as a boy then went on to play with City of Leicester Band. He then joined the Wigston Band and played with it for over 30 years, 20 of which he served as Secretary. At Wigston, Ray mentored many young players, taking them all over the Midlands competing in solo and quartet contests. Ray retired to Cornwall where he then went on to play with St. Column Band until ill health prevented him from doing so.

Ray worked tirelessly for the Leicestershire Brass Band Association (LBBA) where he was Chairman for many years. He also served on the Midlands Area Committee
and attended British Federation Brass Bands meetings on
its behalf.

One of Ray’s favourite jobs at contests was in the registration room with his wife Pat. Ray liked this job as he could speak to all the players and offered many a comforting word to both young and older players just before they played on stage. One of his last jobs in the band world was as section controller at Butlins Mineworkers Contest. He travelled from his home in Truro to Skegness to cover this brass band task!

Ray sadly suffered from ill health for some time but passed away in his sleep and now joins his wife Pat who died 11 years ago. Ray leaves a daughter Jane, who has carried on his role at Butlins.

A memorial service will be held at All-Saints Church Wigston Magna on 14 October at 11.00am. No flowers please but any donations will go to Wigston Band.

Mick Veasey