I have just heard of the sad loss of one of the North Easts greatest conductors, Eric Cunningham. Eric held the baton for Ever Ready/ Craghead Colliery Band for over 30 yrs. He was a super conductor, a real gentleman and a real help and inspiration to me as a young player many years go. Always to be remembered. Eric's funeral is to be held at Shotley Bridge on friday the 30th April.