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Praise for Fairey vice-president recognised in honours

Monday 19 October, 2020

Members of the Fairey Band have offered their congratulations after the organisation’s vice-president was awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Tony Greenham received the honour for his service to his local community in Beaminster, Dorset, particularly his lengthy involvement with the Royal British Legion.

The relationship between Tony and Fairey Band started in 1977 when the band did a concert in Crewkerne and Tony and his wife Margaret hosted a few players afterwards and developed a friendship with bass player Cliff Colwell. From then on, Tony and Margaret followed the band closely and in 1979, the couple brought the band to Beaminster. The concert has become an annual event, with the band performing in the town every year (sometimes twice), with last year’s concert marking the 40th anniversary.

Tony and Margaret have organised the concerts, including arranging sponsors, and they have always offered a warm welcome to the band, at times putting the whole band up after the concert along with the help of other Beaminster residents.

Fairey Band’s long-serving cornet player Brian Taylor has played at every one of the concerts and performed the solo Watermill at the very first concert. He told British Bandsman: “The band is hugely proud of its association with Tony and Margaret, our vice-presidents. Tony’s award in the Queen’s Honours List perfectly underlines his dedication to the community and as a band we are privileged to have seen, first-hand, the difference people like Tony can make to the community. The Beaminster concert is a highlight of the Fairey Band calendar and long may it continue. Anyone associated with Fairey will understand the significance of the concerts and the role that Tony and Margaret have played in bringing them about. They bring fond memories for everyone.”

Fairey Band arrived for the first concert in 1979 with the British Open shield. The concerts organised by Tony have welcomed some high-profile conductors including Major Peter Parkes, Walter Hargreaves, Dr Roy Newsome, Derek Broadbent, Howard Snell and even Eric Ball who, on one occasion, conducted his own composition, Journey into Freedom.