Ray Sykes MBE

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by derekdawson, Jun 14, 2008.

  1. derekdawson

    derekdawson Member

    I just opened my Yorkshire Post to see that Ray has been awarded the MBE in the Queens birthday honours, I would just like to say good on yer Ray, the article mentions that Ray is following in the footsteps of his late father Bill Sykes MBE, Bill was the manager at Carlton Main Frickley when I joined them in 1966/7, Bill was always very good to me and I have always counted the Sykes family amongst my friends, great news mate in my opinion
  2. iancwilx

    iancwilx Well-Known Member

    Well done Ray and sincerest congratulations.

    I take it the award was for services to banding and not for lethal use of a ball at inter band cricket matches - the sound of the ball hitting my ankle echoed around the ground !!! ( I think I shouted out "Ouch, that stings a bit")

    Great days Ray, and your honour is very well deserved.
    - Wilkie
  3. steve butler

    steve butler Active Member

    CMFCB through and through, as above well deserved.
  4. Cornishbassman

    Cornishbassman New Member

    Congratulations Ray

    MArtin and Liz Oke
  5. DannyCollin

    DannyCollin Member

    A richly deserved accolade.

    Congratulations Ray.

    Andy & Liz Lincoln
  6. markyboy

    markyboy Member

    Congratulations to Mr 'Carlton Main' himself .

    Without Ray that band would have been dead and buried years ago , but now they have the best line up for a long time .

    Very much deserved .
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2008
  7. BoozyBTrom

    BoozyBTrom Member

    Found out tonight at our concert that Ray had been awarded the MBE. Absolutely fantastic news!!!! Well deserved after over 50 years at Frickley and being such a cracking bloke too,

    Love to all the family from Gaz and all the Sykes's up the Hill in Upton.
  8. Keith Stanley James Lever

    Keith Stanley James Lever Supporting Member

    Raymond Sykes M.B.E.

    I first met Ray Sykes (and his family) when I went to Frickley in 1978, we became very good friends and the award of a M.B.E. is much deserved, in fact it should have been bestowed upon him years ago. Raymond Sykes is like a stick of Blackpool Rock, if you cut him in half you will find Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band running throughout his body. Well done Raymond, Keith, Pat and Debbie.
  9. weenie

    weenie Member

    Congratulations Ray.........very much deserved!
  10. JamesResurgam

    JamesResurgam Member

    Our heartiest congratulations and well deserved. Ann and the children must be very proud, as the whole family will be.

    Both your Mum and Dad will be looking down with great pride.

    Rita and David James
  11. MandyB

    MandyB New Member

    Congratulations Ray!!

    Anyone knowing you will appreciate how well deserved this award is...........

    Long may your 'Frickley' days contiune.....

    (Anything for a freebie at Buckingham Palace.... lol!!!!)
  12. dickyg

    dickyg Member

    Congratulations Ray!!!

    Richard Grantham
  13. Bayerd

    Bayerd Active Member

    Nice one Ray!

    Richly deserved. I was there in 2002 when the band got down to 6 players. If it wasn't for Ray refusing to let the band die, it would have gone.

    Proper bandsman.
  14. SoloBaritone

    SoloBaritone Member

    Congratulations Ray!! You really deserve it. Some of my fondest banding memories are from my time at Frickley.

    Lots of love, Jayne x
  15. DocFox

    DocFox Retired

    Help out a Yankee -- what does MBE stand for?
  16. Bones

    Bones Member

    Couldn't agree more, that was my second stint at Frickely and it was down to Ray. I've never known anyone as committed as him to ensure the band didn't fold. In both finances and soul.

    What a cracking accolade. Well deserved. Lets not forget his wife Anne, who has been behind him all the way in everything he has done. If they could give joint MBE's then she should surely get one too.

    Enjoy your day at the palace.

    Rich Walker
  17. DocFox

    DocFox Retired

    Well this Yankee poked around enough to figure it out. Lots of things with MBE in them. Masters of Business Education (but that is usually noted M.B.Ed.)

    So here is what I found. Correct me if I am wrong.

    The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are:
    Knight Grand Cross (GBE) or Dame Grand Cross (GBE)
    Knight Commander (KBE) or Dame Commander (DBE)
    Commander (CBE)
    Officer (OBE)
    Member (MBE)
    Only the two highest ranks entail admission into knighthood, an honour allowing the recipient to use the title 'Sir' (male) or 'Dame' (female) before their name. Honorary knighthoods, given to individuals who are not nationals of a realm where Queen Elizabeth II is Head of State, permit usage of the honour as a post-nominal but not as a title before their name.

    I assume the above is correct. If so, many congrats!
  18. Dave1

    Dave1 Member

    Many congratulations to you Ray. Like many others some of our fondest banding memories are of times with Frickley.
    Very best wishes

    Roz and Dave Neil
  19. MarkGillatt

    MarkGillatt Member

    :clap: Well Done Raymondo,

    You have, for many years, been an inspiration to anyone in banding struggling to keep a band afloat. The commitment and never say die attitude throughout the late 80's when 6 or 8 players would be sitting around the stands blowing through marches and Oklahoma is legendary.
    I'm sure I speak for all in the old "junior" band when I say "Congratulations"
  20. strongbow

    strongbow Member

    Congratulations Ray! Well done you old git!



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