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Sunday 28 March, 2021

The Easington Colliery Band has announced the death of former player and conductor, Cecil Peacock, at the age of 85.

Born in the village in 1936, Cecil started playing euphonium aged eight and was taught by his father, and conductor of the band, Cecil Peacock Senior.

Like so many other men who were born in Easington, Cecil went to work at the colliery as a bricklayer after leaving school but always knew a career in music beckoned so studied part time at Durham University to become a music teacher. He took up a teaching position at Shotton Hall School in nearby Peterlee on completion of his studies and taught adults at Peterlee College too. Cecil soon rose to the solo euphonium position and remained until he took over the conducting duties from his father upon his retirement in 1973.

During the 1970s and 1980s, Cecil also conducted Blackhall Youth Band and Crookhall Band, including leading it to a British Open appearance in 1973. He was instrumental in the development of the Blackhall Youth Band, eventually creating a senior band and helping it attract sponsorship from AMOCO and then Broughtons. Cecil was secretary of the Durham Brass Band League from 1960 until 1980. He was an established and respected adjudicator and a regular presenter on Radio Newcastle’s Polished Brass competitions, and was a fountain of knowledge on all things brass banding, especially Easington Colliery Band, where he spent the greater part of his life dedicated to making music.

Cecil continued to conduct Easington whenever required until 1997, when he decided to hang up his baton, but continued part-time at Cleveland Police Band until quite recently. His death brings to an end a banding dynasty at Easington that has seen the Peacock family association stretching back to the 1930s. Indeed, his father (also Cecil) was also a long-time conductor.

A short statement posted via Easington Colliery Band’s Facebook page added: “Condolences go out to his wife Anne, sons Christopher and Paul and their families at this sad time. RIP Cecil, your memory will live on with the band forever.”