Hi folks, Judging by the queries at the Midlands Regionals, the news obviously hasn't got to everybody. Sadly, Chris Holmes, (band manager of Ratby Mid Band, and Bass, euph, baritone and sand-block player extraordinaire, according to band needs) passed away,surrounded by his children and new wife, at lunchtime on January 12th 2011 after a long battle with cancer. His funeral was attended by people from many bands, and a massed band tribute was held - at which, his brother Steve Holmes (Bedworth trombonist) played "Where e're you walk". He is sadly missed by all at Ratby. Donations in his name have, and are being sent to the Myton Hospice at Bedworth for their kindness. Thank you. Fran Skinner (Ratby Mid band Press Officer).