On the morning of 19th December a small group gathered on the balcony of the apartments where Steve and Margaret Saunders now live to play some carols for Steve, prior to handing him a retirement gift. Other residents were also present, and sang the carols they chose using the songsheets that were given out. Steve himself picked up a baritone and played as well.
The decanter, with an inscribed tag, marks the band's gratitude to Steve for his service of over 45 years to the band until his retirement due to ill health. In that time he mainly played cornet, but also filled gaps on bass and beritone as needed, and was for many years a very hard-working band Secretary. Margaret was also thanked for her active support for the band, especially in organizing catering for the annual seniors' meal and other events. We wish them all the very best for the future.