The Ratby Co-operative Mid Band is sad to announce the sudden and tragic passing of its principal cornet player Andy Gardner, on Friday 14th August 2009. Andy was a much loved member of the organisation, also playing with the Senior Band on numerous occasions and supporting his son James in the Junior Band. He will be well-known to many across the region following time at Jaguar Coventry and Bedworth Bands. Our thoughts and prayers are with Annette, the children, and their family and friends at this very difficult time. At the family's request, the Mid Band's forthcoming tour to Rachtig, Germany will continue as planned. The funeral will take place on Tuesday, 1st September at 2pm at St. Paul's Church, Church Road, Stockingford, Nuneaton, CV10 8LG to be followed by a private cremation at the Heart of England Crematorium, Nuneaton, CV11 6WZ. Anyone wishing to play at the service, should contact Geoff Newman on email@example.com or 0116 238 6954, who will also forward all messages of condolence onto the family.