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Racking up the miles

Saturday 22 May, 2021


Bass trombonist Adrian Hirst is no stranger to uphill battles and is embracing every moment of his latest challenge. The 57-year-old, from Kirk Seaton, West Yorkshire, chats to British Bandsman editor Mark Good about taking to the roads with daughter Amy for a month-long fundraiser. He also reflects on his distinguished performing career, much of which was spent at Black Dyke, and discusses the motorcycle accident in 2017 that changed his life forever.


How have the past 14 months or so been for you?

AH: It’s been a bit strange, as it has for everyone. We’ve all had to adapt. Our house was redeveloped before lockdown and we live with my wife, my daughter and her husband and four grandchildren. It’s a big house but with eight people, it was a bit tight but we certainly weren’t bored. A lot of people have had issues with loneliness, but we haven’t had that, thankfully. It was nice to get out for some cycling around the local area.

Talking of cycling, you and your daughter Amy are in the midst of a fundraising challenge. Tell me about it.

AH: Amy came across Cycle the Month, which is a prostate cancer fundraiser. My dad, before he passed away, had several complaints including prostate cancer. My daughter’s father-in-law has had prostate cancer and my brother-in-law has had it too. When Amy spotted this idea, she thought it was a worthwhile challenge and we thought we should have a go. The aim is to cycle 100 miles in the month of May. It’s not a massive challenge but it’s still a long way and I’ve got a paraplegic bike so I can power it with arms or legs or both and Amy has a road bike. We have done 51 miles and we are still strong.


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