I am sure that those of you who know Leighton will be sorry to hear that he has decided to retire from leading the Hampshire County Youth Band. He is recovering from pancreatic cancer, and has now been told he needs a course of chemotherapy. Having served with Leighton in the guards many moons ago it was good to meet up with him at the Open recently. He was due to take his band on a tour to New Zealand as part of their 40th anniversary celebrations, so the timing could not have been worse. I'm sure our thoughts will be with him and the members of the band as they seek to appoint a successor and as his recovery progresses.