I am sad to report the death of Mike Fairhurst on Monday following a long battle with ill health. Mike was one of the most influential teachers in East Sussex during the 70's and was responsible for many of the talented players who later went on to join The Uckfield Band (now Uckfield Concert Brass) & Glynde & Beddingham band (now LGB Brass). Mike was also a one time MD of The Uckfield Band. The Ringmer School Band which Mike founded was THE premier Youth band in our area in its day - I wasn't a member and recall my own band only ever beating them once in contest. Had I have been, I would have met my wife a few years earlier as she was one of Mike's pupils. I will add funeral details once known.