FAREWELL CONCERT A surprise concert was given for the retiring MD of the City of Lincoln Band on Saturday 21st January. Derick Ward had been with the band since 1995. He began as Principal Cornet with the newly formed Rothwell Temperance Youth Band in 1940, created as a result of the band losing most of it’s members when they were called up. Derick’s father, Albert Ward, was a bass player with Rothwell. In 1949, Derick served his National Service with the Central Band of the RAF. From 1951 to 1957, he was Principal Cornet with Brighouse and Rastrick under James Hickman, with Eric Ball as their Professional Conductor. He then spent a year as Principal Cornet with Black Dyke under Alex Mortimer. Due to his father’s death, Derick had to concentrate on running the family coach business in Rothwell near Leeds. His playing days were by no means over however. He transported the famous Hammonds in their busy schedule, locked the coach, and played on the front row! Derick moved to Lincolnshire in 1974 to become a Peripatetic Brass Teacher. He was MD of Market Rasen Town Band from 1985 to 1995. He moved on to the City of Lincoln Band in 1995. He was due to retire after the band’s trip to Germany in August 2005, but they wouldn’t let him! He conducted their Last Night of the Proms concert in Washingborough on October 16th. The band then persuaded him to conduct one last concert on December 18th. It was at this concert that he was presented with a book of memories from his time with B&R, and Honourary Life Membership of the NABBC. Derick also received a presentation at a Lord Mayor’s reception thanking him for his services to the community. RAF Conningsby also gave him a dinner reception where they presented him with a plaque thanking him for his services to the Officers’Mess where for many years he and the band had entertained the regular Officers’Mess dinners. Derick and his wife Esme, (also retiring as band secretary and treasurer), thought they had been invited to a farewell social event on 21st January. When they arrived, the band were all set up ready to start the evening with a short concert under their new MD, Ken Winmill, containing music which they felt was appropraite to the occasion. They began with William Rimmer’s “One of the Best”, followed by the beautiful hymn “Blaenwern”. Derek Broad bent’s “Floral Dance” had to be next, followed by his arrangement of “Lincolnshire Poacher”. Then came the famous “RAF Marchpast” by Walford Davies. Another march, Hall’s “Glemdene” was followed by Tim Paton’s “Presley in Mind”. The surprise concert ended with Darrol Barry’s arrangement of “You’ll Never Walk Alone”. The City of Lincoln Band will certainly not ‘walk alone’, as they have managed to retain Derick as the band Chairman!