It is with the deepest sadness I have to report the passing this morning of Neil Ferguson, former chairman and soprano cornet of Granite City Brass. I have the most enormous respect for Neil; who was a true bandsman, gentleman, and one of those people without whom bands would cease to be. Our heartfelt sympathy go out to Joyce and the family at their tragic loss, he will be much missed here in the North East of Scotland. It has been my privilege to have walked a few steps on life’s way with Neil, and admire his indomitable spirit. David W James P.S. Funeral arrangements to follow.