Shirley began her music tuition under her Dad, at the age of 5. She joined his village band just a year later and has been playing in brass bands of all standards ever since. She joined Skegness Silver Band about 8 years ago after retiring to the coast. She says playing for a seaside band is ‘fun’, as she gets to play with ‘friendly people at a holiday resort’.
‘So many funny things happen in banding, but I especially remember a man called Percy. Percy was a good musician, could nearly always tell correctly which band would win a contest and in his day was a fair trombone player. The problem was that although he always got to a venue on time, it was not always the right venue or band. He was known to miss our engagements because he would go to the wrong venue and play with the wrong band. The name of the village would sound similar and he would know a band was playing there so he would play his trombone with them without seeming to realise it was the wrong one! We would hear about it from the other bands. They were completely baffled by this itinerant musician playing along with them! Bless him he is no longer with us!’