It is with enormous regret that Bradwell Silver Band from Milton Keynes has to end the year as it started, by reporting the death of a much valued friend and colleague. Bill Holding suffered a heart attack and pased away after a short period in hospital. Bill's father was a member of the Pemberton Temperance band and one of his early banding experiences was to travel with the band in 1943 to the Spring festival senior trophy where they gained 2nd prize. Bill went onto play with many well known and respected bands such as Wingates, Leyland Motors,Crookhall Colliery, and Craghead Colliery. In 1962 He won the first National Association of Brass Band Conductors competition adjudicated by Sir Adrian Boult, Eric Ball and Frank Wright. As a mining engineer Bill spent many years in South Africa, continuing with his musical career forming 2 school bands and playing with a territorial army band as deputy banmaster. He also played in many show productions and with internationally known stars such as Eddie Calvert. Back in this country he played with Wolverton Town band and Towcester Studio during their climb to the Championship. After 64 years banding he decided to slow down and joined Bradwell as deputy principle and bandmaster! Bill was a true bandsman and a gentleman, he was always ready to offer quiet advice, and always ready to offer humorous tales of 'goings on' in South Africa. Bill was playing until 2 days before his attack and the whole of the Milton Keynes banding fraternity was profoundly shocked to hear of his passing. He will be greatly missed.